Three citizens executed for murder, drug trafficking

Updated 03 March 2016

Three citizens executed for murder, drug trafficking

RIYADH: Three Saudis have been executed for criminal offenses including drug trafficking and murder, the Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday.
Suleiman bin Mubarak bin Salama Al-Masoudi and Ahmed bin Saifan bin Mubarak Al-Masoudi were executed in Tabuk for smuggling a large quantity of methamphetamine, which is addictive and chemically similar to amphetamine. It is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, the ministry said.
The other citizen, Qasadi bin Ibrahim bin Ali Atoudi, was also executed in Jazan for killing a compatriot by suffocation, it added.
Meanwhile, a Qatari, identified as Mohammed bin Mubarak Suidan Al-Jarbori, was convicted of murdering a Saudi with a machine gun. He had tried to escape but security officers succeeded in arresting him.
The General Court found Al-Jarbori guilty of committing the crime at Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province and imposed the death penalty on him.
However, the implementation of the ruling will be suspended until the heirs of the deceased reach legal age and decide on the implementation of the verdict.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.