Saudi girl, 17, flees Turkey ‘to foil forced marriage bid’

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Updated 15 July 2016
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Saudi girl, 17, flees Turkey ‘to foil forced marriage bid’

ISTANBUL: A young Saudi woman has escaped from her family in the Turkish tourist city of Trabzon and left for Georgia so that her parents could not marry her off to a 50-year-old man.
The revelation came in 16 tweets from her alleged Twitter handle following the “great escape.”
Before sneaking out of the house, the unnamed 17-year-old made sure she had mobiles and passports of all family members, a move apparently meant to render her parents immobile.
The Saudi Embassy in Turkey confirmed that it had received a call from the head of the family about the disappearance of their 17-year-old daughter.
In a statement, the embassy said: “The young girl left for Georgia by crossing the border near Trabzon, in northern Turkey, based on the testimony of the taxi driver who transported her to the port.”
In Georgia, the Saudi Embassy said it has been notified of the girl’s case and is coordinating with the Saudi Embassy in Turkey as well as with the Georgian authorities to ensure the girl’s safety.
Badr Al-Mufrij, a Saudi diplomat in Georgia, said the embassy is trying to find out the girl’s whereabouts. Till the time of going to press, the girl was untraceable.
She tweeted that she fled from her family because of ongoing violence against her.
She also threatened to publish photos of her parents “torturing” her.


Saudi justice ministry launches 15 new e-services to streamline procedures

Updated 20 September 2019

Saudi justice ministry launches 15 new e-services to streamline procedures

RIYADH: Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Walid Al-Samaani has ordered the launching of a package of development services in the enforcement sector, aiming at facilitating the procedures for beneficiaries.
The new services target both the claimant (or the claimant’s representative) and the defendant, where the application is referred to the enforcement panel and treated without the need to visit the enforcement courts and panels.
The ministry said the enforcement sector includes several services’ development programs that aim at finding innovative technical solutions and promoting the digital capacities of enforcement courts, to help beneficiaries and facilitate their procedures. These development programs are in line with the ministry’s systematic move toward digital transformation.
The ministry said the new services aim at expediting and automating the procedures and saving beneficiaries effort, time and money.
The package includes several services, such as informing the defendant of the enforcement order against them and the issuance of visit, custody and eviction orders.
To benefit from these services, beneficiaries can visit the website https://najiz.moj.gov.sa, sign in to their account and click on the “My Applications” icon.