Mediation to save neck of murderer fails

Updated 07 July 2012

Mediation to save neck of murderer fails

The attempts of more than 2,000 people including tribal chiefs and dignitaries from Al-Khurmah and other areas in Taif to save a murderer who has been on death row for 18 years have failed, local newspapers reported yesterday.
The son of the murdered man Faraj Al-Sibaie has refused to accept the diyyah (blood money) offered to save Awad Al-Harbi from beheading.
Al-Harbi shot his friend Al-Subaie in the head after they had a heated argument. He was convicted and then imprisoned at Taif general prison awaiting execution.
The son was only a few months old when his father was murdered. The execution had to be delayed until he turned 18 (which happened a few months ago) when he could decide whether to pardon Al-Harbi or not.
A delegation of tribal chiefs and dignitaries went to the victim’s family home where they were received by Sheikh Mashari bin Nasser Al-Subaie, chief of Al-Quraishat tribe, and other dignitaries from the Al-Khurmah region.
Sheikh Al-Subaie welcomed the delegation, thanking them and urged Al-Subaie’s family to pardon Al-Harbi.
He recited Qur’anic verses and the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) teachings demonstrating the importance of pardoning in Islam.
A number of tribal chiefs also asked the family to pardon the killer and accept the blood money.
The son refused and insisted Al-Harbi should pay for his crime.


G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

Updated 17 February 2020

G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

  • There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists

RIYADH: The media committee of the G20 Summit held its introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Both local and foreign media were invited to view the year’s schedule of events, ask the media committee questions and understand the objectives of the summit.
“Thanks to the direction of King Salman and constant support from the crown prince, the Kingdom has prepared a full schedule that will guarantee the success of this historic event,” said Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah.
He talked about the facilities that would be made available to the members of the press throughout the year, including an international media center that would serve as the central hub for all media activities in the summit.
“The media committee has prepared a full strategic plan to provide members of both foreign and local press with all of the resources they will need to cover the G20. There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists,” he said.
He added that media facilities would be available to accredited journalists and in multiple languages for journalists across the world.
Fahd Al-Mubarak, minister of state and Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, said: “Having such a large number of media professionals really underscores the importance of the role the Kingdom plays in leading the 2020 G20 Summit.”
Al-Mubarak highlighted some of the challenges the summit was facing this year, notably the coronavirus, which he said that they were actively discussing and trying to overcome.
Fahd Al-Tunisi, adviser at the royal court and secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat for the G20, highlighted the importance of the media in getting Saudi Arabia’s messages across.
Due to the G20’s own rules and regulations, not all of the G20 meetings and conferences will be open for members of the media to attend. However, Al-Tunisi told reporters that all of the necessary resources would be made available to them online and at the international media center, and that more press conferences would be held as necessary to bring them up to speed.