Saudi Arabia confirms death of judge Mohammed Al-Jirani

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Jirani, whose body was found in in Al-Awwamia on Dec. 19, was killed by his kidnappers, Saudi authorities have confirmed.
Updated 25 December 2017

Saudi Arabia confirms death of judge Mohammed Al-Jirani

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed that Saudi judge Sheikh Mohammed Al-Jirani, whose body was found in the Eastern Province's Al-Awwamia area on Dec. 19, was killed by his kidnappers.
Spokesman Major-General Mansour Al-Turki further said that Al-Jirani, a judge at the Department of Endowments and Inheritance, was abducted in front of his house in the area of Tarout on Dec. 13, 2016.
Based on an investigation into the abduction and death of Al-Jirani, the spokesman confirmed that the perpetrators who kidnapped the judge also killed him and concealed his body on a deserted farm.
He identified the perpetrators as Zaki Mohammed Salman Al-Faraj and his half-brother Salman bin Ali Salman Al-Faraj, who is featured on a list of 23 wanted  persons announced in January 2012.
Kidnapper Salman Al-Faraj was killed during the raid on their location last Tuesday, while Special Forces officer Khalid Al-Sameti also died during the operation.
Al-Turki said that investigators covered a 2,000,000 square-meter area in order to find the body of the judge. He added that a DNA test had confirmed that the body was indeed that of Al-Jirani and noted the presence of a bullet wound in his chest.
According to the ministry, Al-Jirani was tortured before he was killed and buried in the remote location.
The ministry called on those who have information on the wanted persons involved in this crime to immediately notify the authorities and named them as Mohammed Husain Ali Al-Ammar, Haitham Ali Mohammed Al-Qiddaih and Ali Bilal Saud Al-Hamad.
For his part, Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samani offered his condolences to Al-Jirani’s family. He strongly condemned the murder and described it as an unforgivable crime, adding that those found to be involved in the crime will be brought to justice.

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

Updated 8 min 57 sec ago

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.