Pro-Assad tweet costs hospital chief his job

Updated 13 February 2015
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Pro-Assad tweet costs hospital chief his job

A message on Twitter microblogging site cost Makkah’s East Arafat Hospital Director Bandar Al-Qadeer his job after he expressed his support for the murderous regime of Bashar Assad.
The tweet caught the attention of Health Affairs Department staff in the holy city and was forwarded to Abdullah Al-Moallami, the director general of the department. After assessing the tweet, Al-Moallami decided to fire Al-Qadeer from his position at the hospital.
Abdul Wahab Shalabi, the department’s spokesman, told local media the tweet represents the opinion of an individual staffer and not that of the Health Affairs Department or its employees.
In defense of his statement, Al-Qadeer said technical decisions should be separated from public opinion. “However, I understand the decision of the director-general and have no problem with it because they appointed me to this position, and thus have the right to let me go whenever they wish,” he said, adding that he posted the tweet last October.
However, Al-Qadeer argued that his comments were misunderstood as he stands against violence and supports the Syrian people in their demands to be free and self-governing. He added that he remains loyal to his leaders and his country, but has been forced to suspend his Twitter account after receiving numerous death threats.


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.