A Saudi court on Sunday jailed an Islamist for eight years on charges of inciting protests, by mocking the monarch and criticising the security services on Twitter. The defendant, who was not identified, had been convicted of inciting “families of those arrested for security reasons to protest by publishing Tweets and videos on YouTube,” justice ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran said. Prosecutors also found the defendant guilty of “mocking” King Abdullah. Saudi scholars and the judiciary, as well as criticising security.In addition to the jail sentence, the court banned the defendant from travelling for eight years and posting on social media. Security forces had pr
The usually secret world of the Audi royal family is being made public, two daughters of the King of Saudi Arabia claim they and their sisters have been held prisoner in the royal palace for 13 years. Princesses Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38, said that they are being kept against their will in a guarded villa in the royal compound in Jeddah. Women in Saudi tend to unfortunately be treated as second-class citizens, and is the only country in the world where women aren’t allowed to drive. But the restrictions allegedly placed on Sahar and Jawaher go well beyond what is allowed under Saudi law. Their mother Alanoud Alfayez, who is divorced from Saudi King Abdullah, has reportedly written to
The vision of King Abdullah to revamp the education system and create skilled future generations would be supported said Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the newly appointed education minister, in a statement. Prince Khaled said the Education Ministry’s development project would fulfill the objectives of ensuring the “child of today becomes the strong and honest man of tomorrow. We will do whatever it takes to make it happen,” he said. The statement was issued after Prince Khaled had a meeting at his office with Sheikh Abdullateef Al-Asheikh, the chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), who had visited to wish him well. “We are all responsible
King Abdullah has given his son Prince Mishaal the job of governor of Mecca Province, one of the most important jobs in the country. This is inline with the latest rolling reshuffle of senior ruling family members over the past few years. The prince replaces Prince Khaled al-Faisal, who has now been made education minister. The new positions were announced in a royal decree by the state media who keep a close eye on senior princes in power making sure there impact on the country carries on in a positive way while in positions of power, with smooth transitions. Since 2011 a series of deaths, retirements and promotions mean most top government positions held by princes, plus the three top pr
Prince Khaled said in an interview on Thursday that about 225,000 employees are working this year to serve more than 2 million pilgrims who are expected to attend Haj, an unprecedented amount of staff in the history of the annual Muslim gathering. The prince said that there was 8 hospitals and 96 medical centers in the holy land including Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat, ready to deal with all sorts of health conditions that may arise during Haj. Security forces have taken measures to prevent people without Haj permit from entering Makkah, about 15000 people without proper liscences were denied entry to the holy cities and 63 fake Haj campaigns were broken up in the city of Dammam. “We appr
Female members of the Shura council who advise King Abdullah, are putting forward a proposal to allow women in Saudi to drive, this challenges a tradition which has been upheld by the conservative clerical esatablishment. The council is the nearest the kingdom has to parliment, all memebers are not elected though but appointed by the King. Hanan al-Ahmadi, one of the female memebers of the coucil said “Men and women members were discussing the obstacle of women’s transportation and how it’s a burden for women working with families and the lack of other options like public transport,” she said.