Harsher punishment suggested for drifting

Stunts that thrill but kill.
Updated 26 September 2016

Harsher punishment suggested for drifting

JEDDAH: Legal experts have called for the introduction of new punishments for drifters after notorious drifter "King Al-Nazeem" died Friday during a stunt and the man in the passenger sit of the car suffered serious injuries.
The experts suggested such measures as defamation, a ban on travel, cancellation of driver's license and induction into awareness programs to deter people from indulging in the risky and illegal sport.
Turki Al-Qarni, a former judge at the Special Criminal Court and legal adviser, called for the application of new punishments and suggested that drifters not be included in any amnesty or pardon, or reduction in sentence.
The president of the Saudi Legal Center and president of Takamul for Legal Aid, Majed Qaroub, said the latest law, which turned drifting from a traffic violation into a criminal act, will be a deterrent to this dangerous practice. He said under the new law, punishments are prescribed for drifters, their passengers,and the crowds watching them.
Some laws were amended in the traffic system which turned drifting into a crime. The cars can be impounded and fines slapped on perpetrators after they are referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and then to the Criminal Court, even if the crime is committed for the first time.
He said punishments include those who offered help, or what is called in the drifters’ dictionary “the enhancer,” because they are all partners in the crime and will be subjected to half the punishment of the drifter. He called for additional punishments such as withdrawing the driver's license of the drifter and preventing him from travel.


MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 February 2020

MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Under the MoU, the two authorities will establish a joint working group to boost cooperation in several areas including facilitation provided to investors, conducting economic studies of the market, building partnerships with commercial and industrial bodies and local companies, launching businesses, promoting the ease of doing business, providing logistic support, participating in local and international exhibitions, forums and special visits and exchanging knowledge and information.

All this will predominantly be in aid of attracting local and foreign investors. 

“SAGIA believes in the importance of such cooperation that can unify and multiply the efforts in a way that sets the world’s attention on the Kingdom’s cultural and heritage treasures and investment opportunities,” said SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar.

“This is done through close cooperation with DGDA to highlight these opportunities and market them internationally and locally. This MoU is a step in the right direction to achieve the objectives and directives of both bodies.”

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the DGDA, said: “Cooperating with SAGIA is one of the most important international investment motors to attract local and international investments to the Kingdom. This comes at a time where developing the Kingdom’s investment infrastructure is found within the objectives of its Vision 2030.

“At DGDA, we aim at attracting the best technologies and regional and international investments to the Kingdom. This will contribute to the improvement of the local economy and promote our objectives seeking to turn Diriyah into the Kingdom’s gem and an international economic tourist destination,” he added.