Illegal loggers face heavy penalties

Updated 29 March 2014

Illegal loggers face heavy penalties

The Ministry of Agriculture will start introducing heavy penalties for illegal loggers and those who bulldoze land without authorization, with a fine of SR5,000 for cutting down a tree, and SR2,000 for uprooting a sapling.
Suleiman Al-Swaine, director general for agricultural affairs in Hail, said the penalty for moving a ton of logs has been set at SR10,000, with a fine of up to SR50,000 for repeat transgressions.
Those who bulldoze land illegally face a SR200 fine for each ton of land, and up to SR50,000 if the violation is repeated.
Al-Swaine said Minister of Agriculture Fahd Balghuneim introduced these new penalties, in amendments to a 2004 royal decree on environmental protection, because of increasing illegal logging and bulldozing of land.
Khalid Abulmunem Abdulsalam, a researcher at the Prince Sultan College for Tourism and Business, said illegal activities were resulting in the loss of vegetation in the southwest of the Kingdom. However, urban expansion and drought have also played a part.


Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

  • A man intercepted one of the rally drivers and came at him with a gun
  • The suspect's firearm and vehicle have been seized

RIYADH: A criminal investigation has been launched after an armed man intercepted a vehicle taking part in a rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said the suspect came out of his car carrying a firearm and aimed it at the driver in a car competing in the AlUla-Neom race.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered the seizure of the firearm and the vehicle used in the crime, and ordered the arrest of the accused pending the case,” a statement issued on the state-run said.
The AlUla-Neom race ran from Tuesday to Saturday and was won by Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Fifty-nine cars, seven motorcycles, seven quads and one truck tackled the even, which was the third stage of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship.