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Women lawyers appreciative of judicial reforms

JEDDAH — Several judicial reforms recently introduced in the Kingdom protect the rights of women and settle their legal disputes quickly, Saudi women lawyers and legal advisers have said. They were reacting to a Jeddah court verdict against a Saudi man accused of slandering his ex-wife. The court awarded prison term and lashes to the man besides asking him to publicly apologize to his former wife. “This verdict shows that the Kingdom’s judiciary is instrumental in restoring women’s rights,” they said in comments published by Okaz, a sister publication of Saudi Gazette. They, however, pointed out that many women were not interested in litigation in the past because of long and cumbersome judicial process. Low material benefit, social prestige and defense lawyers’ move to tarnish their reputation were other reasons for the disinterest. “Saudi legal systems are based on the Qur’an and Sunnah,” said Al-Jowhara Al-Ghamdi, legal researcher at the National Society for Human Rights. “Our judicial system gives top priority to family issues inspired by the Shariah and the basic law of governance,” she explained. Al-Ghamdi also pointed out that Saudi judicial laws protect women’s privacy and rights, inspired by the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)". “It also gives her the right to appoint a lawyer to defend her case during investigation, court hearings and proceedings. It also protects her rights during marriage and divorce,” she said. Lawyer Feryal Kanj also highlighted the progress achieved by the Saudi legal system, especially in dealing with women’s issues. “New judicial regulations have protected women’s rights and ensured speedy justice as compared to the past,” she told the Arabic daily. Kanj said there is a lot of improvement in dealing with cases of woman divorcing her husband, alimony, custody of children, cancellation of marriage contract and provision of assistance. “Women have also made rapid strides in various legal matters, including implementation of court verdicts in favor of them,” she said. Lawyer Nasrin Al-Ghamdi expressed her satisfaction over the judiciary’s efforts to safeguard women’s rights. “New regulations have emphasized the need to settle women’s issues quickly,” she said, adding that the Shariah considers women as part and parcel of men. Judicial authorities in the Kingdom have been instructed through a circular that they have to give top priority to family and marriage-related issues, Al-Ghamdi said. Courts have established women’s section to ensure their privacy and secrecy. Delaying tactics that harm women’s rights are not allowed. Executive authorities have been told to implement court verdicts on family issues quickly. Lawyer Reem Al-Ajmi said the Kingdom’s judicial reforms were in favor of women. “In its latest decision, the Supreme Judiciary Council has stressed a woman’s right to receive documents to prove her identity. New judicial laws give priority to women issues, which are being settled quickly and efficiently compared to the past when their cases remained in the court for years,” she said....

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All suspects have right to lawyers: BIP chief

JEDDAH — The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution has said all suspects in criminal cases have the right to appoint their own lawyers to defend them. Head of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah said according to Article 4 of the Rules of Penal Procedures, all suspects of crimes must have their rights read to them upon arrest. “Arrested individuals have the right for an attorney during the investigation and trial. They also have the right to make a phone call to an individual of their choice to inform them of their arrest. The police officer or whoever representing the security authority must ask the suspect to sign a document confirming that his rights were read to him. If the suspect refused to sign the paper, then the officer must note down that the suspect had refused to sign it,” said Al-Abdullah. National Society for Human Rights Tarahum Lawyers Committee head lawyer Ashraf Al-Siraj said Article 4 is an important step in protecting the rights of criminals and suspects. “Just because someone has committed a crime that does not rob him of his rights as a human being. Article 4 will create a more secure environment for the suspects and criminals now that they know they have every right to call for a lawyer and inform their families of their whereabouts,” said Al-Siraj. Lawyer Nabil Qamlu said the announcement of Sheikh Al-Abdullah is another feather in the cap of the Saudi legal system. “A recent survey showed that 88 percent of arrested criminals do not know what their rights are. Article 4 will be a good move for the legal system. However, any new law must be supervised in order for it to be fully implemented. The bureau must have in place a system or a procedure to ensure that police officers do comply to Article 4,” said Qamlu....

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Beware of blackmail, legal expert warns women

JEDDAH — A Saudi legal adviser has cautioned young women against online extortionists who would exploit them for sex, money or other criminal purposes. Noura Al-Qahtani, who is also a women's rights activist, emphasized the need to educate women about extortion, which has become common with the support of modern technology and social media networks. The woman lawyer made the remarks while addressing a meeting on the concept of online extortion, its types and psychological and social implications as well as the possible mistakes on the part of victims. Al-Qahtani explained how young women can escape from criminals who blackmail them to achieve their vested interests, and the legal recourse women have to get the extortionists punished. Al-Qahtani launched an initiative two years ago to protect young girls from blackmail with the support of modern technology. She was successful in educating more than 10,000 girls on the issue with the cooperation of schools, education departments and NGOs. "We have noticed that many women have shown interest to participate in this kind of programs," she said while speaking to Al-Watan Arabic daily. "We can confront blackmailers through religious education, enhancing legal awareness, informing people about their rights and creating technological awareness," she added. Al-Qahtani launched a campaign on Twitter with the hashtag "Protecting girls from extortion." She wanted the authorities to take up the campaign for the benefit of a large number of young women across the Kingdom. She said official statistics published by a government agency in 2016 showed that extortionists' demands range from sex to money, along with many other vested interests. Sexual demands accounted for 74 percent while demands for cash represented 14 percent, the statistical report said. The remaining 12 percent included controlling the actions of the victim and pressure to withdraw complaints in police stations or courts, among others. Saudi Arabia has passed a law to fight information crimes 10 years ago, she said. The law has 16 articles classifying information crimes and their penalties, which includes provisions to deal with abuse of technology, which entails penalties ranging from imprisonment to fine. "This law can play a major role in preventing people from committing such crimes, including extortion," she added. In order to avoid blackmailing through social networking sites, Al-Qahtani cautioned girls against responding to anonymous people. "We should make balanced responses while dealing with unknown people on electronic media. We should not publish personal information, including images through social networking sites.” Al-Qahtani recounted a number of real-life stories to make her point. She said a 10-year-old girl was blackmailed through a game app. The blackmailer asked her to steal money from her parents and hand it to him. "Unable to bear the psychological pressure, the girl slipped into a bad mental state, which affected her education," Al-Qahtani said. Following a number of counseling sessions with a psychologist, her parents were able to find out the person who blackmailed her. Police then arrested him. Explaining another story, she said: "An extortionist obtained personal information of a woman after hacking her computer. He took her photographs to morphed them to make them look vulgar. After learning that she has landed a government job, the man first asked her to pay SR5,000, then demanded her to hand him her ATM card and he continued to withdraw her money for two years." Al-Qahtani added: "When the woman got married the extortionist asked her to pay him her full dowry and the marriage failed. After four years her mental condition became extremely weak while her debts snowballed. She later contacted official agencies and informed them about the blackmailer. Police then arrested the man, ending her ordeal."...

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