Man pardons son’s killer on day of execution

Updated 14 August 2015

Man pardons son’s killer on day of execution

JEDDAH: Hafr Al-Batin city in the Eastern Province woke up to a rare incident of forgiveness on Wednesday. Baddah bin Rashid Al-Sahli chose to forgive his son’s killer only a short time before the sentence of execution was due to be carried out.

Al-Sahli, whose exemplary action received widespread appreciation, said he forgave the killer for God’s sake only, local media reported on Thursday.
Four years ago, Al-Sahli’s son, Mufreh, was stabbed to death by Fahd bin Mashari Al-Barazi following a quarrel. Fahd was sentenced to death and despite efforts at mediation, no agreement to spare the killer’s life was reached. The family of the victim refused blood money (diyah), even though the parents of the killer were ready to pay millions.
On the day of execution, a group of men from the local mosque made one final attempt at mediation. After the dawn prayer, they paid a visit to the victim’s father and asked him to spare the killer’s life. The father was moved to forgive the killer and thus projected an excellent image of forgiveness and compassion.
Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif called Al-Sahli and commended his noble action in forgiving his son’s killer.
Very soon after, social media sites circulated the news applauding the noble attitude and rare behavior. Large numbers of Hafr Al-Batin citizens, led by Mayor Abdul Mohsin Al-Otaishan, visited the father’s house to thank him in person for his noble act.
The citizens of Hafr Al-Batin, in a gesture of gratitude for his noble act, honored him, referring to the increasing phenomena of demanding large amounts of money, sometimes as much as SR50 million.

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.


The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.