Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder
Updated 30 October 2013

Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Two of the six members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), who were involved in a Riyadh car chase that resulted in the death of two men on Saudi National Day (Sept. 23), will face charges of causing the accident, but not murder.
This was reportedly confirmed by investigators on Tuesday. The other four members face charges of providing misleading information during the course of the investigation. The accused have denied this charge.
The six members are being held at the Olaya police station and will be taken to the general prison in preparation for their trial.
The investigators have informed the family of the two brothers — Nasser Al-Qoos, 24, and Saud, 22 — about the results of the investigation and the list of charges filed against the Haia members.
If a court finds them guilty, the punishment would be limited to the payment of blood money to the family of the two brothers, a legal source said. The two Haia members allegedly chased the victims, resulting in them running a traffic light, hitting a taxi and then a bridge fence before plunging from the King Fahd Road overpass onto Imam Mohammed bin Saud Road, near the Riyadh Gallery Mall.
The Haia members fled the scene, but a motorist recorded the incident on his phone. The older brother died at the scene, while the other one succumbed to brain injuries in hospital.
The Haia has banned its members from chasing suspects in their vehicles.