Senior Scholars condemn kidnapping of Qatif judge

File photo of Judge Sheikh Mohammad Al-Jirani.
Updated 18 December 2016

Senior Scholars condemn kidnapping of Qatif judge

JEDDAH: The Council of Senior Scholars on Friday condemned the kidnapping of Judge Sheikh Mohammad Al-Jirani of the Waqf and Inheritance Department at the Qatif Court, describing it as a “crime to be condemned in the strongest terms.”
“The people of the Kingdom stand as one behind its leadership, security officers and soldiers against those who would harm the citizens of this country,” the council said in a statement Friday.
Police in Qatif began an investigation after Al-Jirani’s wife reported his kidnapping from in front of his house on Tarawat Island. Authorities have started a combing operation in the neighborhood.
The police suspect the involvement of a terrorist group in his kidnapping. In a press statement, the Ministry of Justice said Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani is personally following up on the case.
Ministry spokesman Mansour Al-Qafari said that Al-Samaani asked the head of the ministry’s branch in the Eastern Province to keep in touch with the family of the missing judge and the security authorities until he safely returns. The spokesman added that Saudi security forces have the capability of dealing with such reckless crimes.
The property of Al-Jirani has been subjected to a number of attacks in the past. One of these was an attempt by unidentified people to set fire to his house because of his stand on sectarianism. Al-Jirani has been outspoken against those who disturb public peace. This has angered extremists.
Al-Jirani has repeatedly condemned attacks against police and security officers. He said these attacks on innocent lives are attacks on Islam.
The judge has stood firmly against attempts to stir up unrest in Qatif and denounced all those who would use religion to attack the state and revolt against it, and those who contribute to wasting the lives of young people.


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.