Saudi Justice Ministry conducts 600 inspection tours of law offices to combat money laundering

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice said the General Directorate of Law has carried out inspection tours of more than 600 law offices in the Kingdom, as part of its efforts to combat money laundering. (Photo / Supplied)
Updated 08 September 2018

Saudi Justice Ministry conducts 600 inspection tours of law offices to combat money laundering

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Justice said the General Directorate of Law has carried out inspection tours of more than 600 law offices in the Kingdom this year, as part of its efforts to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.
The ministry indicated that the inspections covered 300 law offices in Riyadh and 311 other offices; 65 in Makkah, 68 in Jeddah, 41 in Madinah, 42 in Dammam, 42 in Khobar, 10 in Al-Ahsa, 65 in Al-Qassim, 30 in Abha and Khamis Mushayt, and 15 in Jazan.
The ministry said the directorate would carry out inspection tours during the three next months covering law offices classified as high-risk. Offices not abiding by the requirements will be referred to the competent committee to be punished accordingly.
Fawaz Al-Tamimi, director general of law, said the general directorate carried out workshops and training sessions for 64 lawyers working in high-risk offices, in coordination with the judicial training center at the ministry.
The General Directorate of Law assessed the risks of the sector last year and is now preparing a technical questionnaire for assessment to distribute among lawyers. It will collect their answers, study and classify them.
Saudi Justice Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Waleed Al-Samaani has adopted a decision to reappoint the permanent team to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, presided by the ministry’s undersecretary for systems and international cooperation and 11 members.
Al-Samaani’s decision also stated that the team’s mission was to meet the local and international requirements of the national committee for combating money laundering and terrorism financing, to develop reports on the measures the ministry is taking in its fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, and to participate in related meetings and workshops.


Saudi deputy defense chief receives Yemeni president

Updated 26 November 2020

Saudi deputy defense chief receives Yemeni president

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman received Yemen’s President  Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday.
Prince Khalid said they discussed the situation in Yemen. The minister also reaffirmed the commitment of the leadership of the Kingdom to the stability of Yemen.
In a tweet, early on Thursday, the minister said to the president that the Saudi leadership wanted security and progress for the Yemeni people. He assured the president that implementing of the Riyadh Agreement will move forward to promote peace and stability,  prioritizing the interest of Yemeni people.