Haia can’t chase, arrest suspects

Updated 14 April 2016

Haia can’t chase, arrest suspects

JEDDAH: The Cabinet has passed new regulations banning members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) from questioning, asking for identification, pursuing, arresting and detaining any person suspected of a crime, with these duties falling to police and anti-narcotics officers.
The regulations were issued at the Cabinet meeting on Monday in Riyadh, according to a media report, quoting minutes from the gathering. The Cabinet obliges Haia members to report observations to security forces personnel.
The Cabinet reportedly said: “Haia has the responsibility of reporting, while on patrol, to official authorities (depending on the suspected activity) any suspected crimes witnessed. Subsequent actions including pursuit of suspect, capture, interrogation and detainment will be left to the relevant official authorities.”
Under the changes, Haia members must “encourage virtue and forbid vice by kindly and gently advising as carried out by Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his rightful successors,” the Cabinet said.
However, they will continue to help enforce strict segregation of the sexes, an absolute prohibition of the sale and consumption of alcohol, a ban on women driving and other social restrictions.
The regulations now ensure that the Haia president is appointed as a minister, with the authority to appoint a sufficient number of staff members. The president is responsible for enforcing these new regulations and reports directly to the king’s office.
All Haia members are now obliged to clearly display their identification cards, showing their names, posts, jurisdictions and official working hours. They are also required to be of good character and should not have been jailed for any crime exceeding one year.
They should not have been convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude or dishonesty.
The regulations also state that an advisory committee of five members shall provide advice and recommendations to the Haia president on the work carried out, address any irregularities and abuses, and hold violators accountable.
The Cabinet has decided that every province should have its own branch. The president will be responsible for issuing orders to branch committees. Each branch committees will be responsible for working in various cities and towns depending on demand.


KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

The collection includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (right) when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father. (Photo/Supplied)
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KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

  • The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom

RIYADH: In conjunction with the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library exhibited several of its publications, most importantly a book titled “Saudi-Soviet Relations 1926-1938,” which contains 30 documents from Soviet archives dealing with the founding of the Kingdom by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud and relations between Moscow and Riyadh.
The documents, preserved in the Russian State Library and Moscow Historical Library, provide in-depth information on Saudi-Russian relations including correspondence, letters and telegrams, the document recognizing the establishment of the Kingdom and reports on politics and trade.
The collection also includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father.
Russian Prince Alexis Scherbatow’s book on purebred Arabian horses — which covers efforts to restore their importance in the region — was also displayed.
The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom.