17 arrested for ‘conspiring’ against Saudi Arabia

In its statement, the Public Prosecution said it was keen to complete the investigation in a manner that achieved justice without prejudice to the security and safety of the country. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 June 2018

17 arrested for ‘conspiring’ against Saudi Arabia

  • Of the 17, five women and three men, have been provisionally released until investigations are complete
  • Those who have confessed admitted communicating and collaborating with people and groups hostile to the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Public Prosecutors’ Office in Riyadh issued a statement on Saturday about the recent arrest of Saudi citizens on allegations of conspiring to undermine the security of the Kingdom.

Seventeen people were detained and questioned, prosecutors said.  Of the 17, five women and three men have been provisionally released until investigations are complete. The remaining five men and four women remain under arrest, based on the evidence against them and their own confessions, prosecutors said. 

Those who have confessed admitted communicating and collaborating with people and groups hostile to the Kingdom; recruiting people in a sensitive government organization to obtain confidential information and official documents that harmed Saudi national security; and providing financial and moral support to hostile elements abroad. 

In its statement, the Public Prosecution said it was keen to complete the investigation in a manner that achieved justice without prejudice to the security and safety of the country.

Those detained were treated in a way that ensured their dignity and rights. They were able to contact their families and were kept in suitable accommodation, and their health and social care were guaranteed — all fundamental rights of accused persons under the law, the statement said. 

 


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.