Committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence approves ‘urgent solutions’

Updated 21 December 2018

Committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence approves ‘urgent solutions’

  • The special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services was formed in response to the Jamal Khashoggi murder
  • A new legal department will review intelligence operations and make sure they comply with international laws and human rights

JEDDAH: A special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services in response to the Jamal Khashoggi murder has approved a series of “urgent solutions.”

The committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the creation of a strategy and development department  to ensure operations are “in line with both the General Intelligence Presidency's strategy and the National Security Strategy.”
A new legal department will review intelligence operations and make sure they comply with international laws and human rights.
And a body will also be set up to evaluate and review intelligence operations.

Competent agents for operations will now be selected by an intelligence activity committee, which will also review operations.
The restructuring was ordered by King Salman after the murder in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Khashoggi on October.
He was killed in the Kingdom’s consulate by a “rogue operation” in a botched attempt to repatriate him, Saudi prosecutors said.
The ministerial committee was formed to restructure the General Intelligence Presidency, “update its statute and regulations, delineate its powers, and evaluate the procedures, methods, and authorities regulating its work,” a statement on SPA said.
The committee is also looking at the chain of command and hierarchy to “guarantees proper functioning and assignment of responsibilities.”

 


Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

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Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Abdulrahman Al-Fadley has been the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015.

He has extensive experience in operational management, as well as expertise in project and investment management.

He is chairman of the Saudi Arabian Grains Organization, the Irrigation and Drainage Authority, the Agricultural Development Fund, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the National Water Co., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC). 

Al-Fadley has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.

He worked in the petroleum industry for 13 years before joining Almarai food company in 1996, where he was the general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj.

He was then appointed CEO of Almarai between 2000 and 2015.

He also served as the chairman of International Dairy and Juice Limited, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Almarai, and also chaired the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, which Almarai established in collaboration with the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training to nationalize the dairy product industry.

Al-Fadley was chairman of the United Farmers Holding Company’s board of directors, a SALIC board member, and a member of the engineering board of King Saud University’s College of Engineering.