Royal amnesty for prisoners

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah listens to Labor Minister Adel Fakeih during a reception at his palace. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah listens to Labor Minister Adel Fakeih during a reception at his palace. (SPA)

A large number of prisoners of public rights have been released following an amnesty announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on the occasion of Ramadan.

Thirty-five prisoners in Yanbu, 39 in Baha and 54 in Taif were released on Sunday. “Special committees in charge of studying cases of public right prisoners are continuing their meetings to release more prisoners,” said Brig. Muedi Al-Buqami, director of prison in Taif.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah highlighted the important position of Jeddah city in the Kingdom. “On its right we have the Grand Mosque and on its left the Prophet’s grave is located. This is one of Jeddah’s outstanding features despite its humidity,” he said.

King Abdullah made this comment while speaking to princes, Islamic scholars, ministers, senior officials and a large group of citizens who came to greet him at his palace on Saturday on the advent of Ramadan.

He underscored the growing reputation of Saudi Arabia in the world. However, he expressed his anguish over some young Saudis who had gone to places of conflicts like Syria and Iraq, influenced by evil forces.

“We are satisfied to know that Allah is happy with us as He facilitates all our activities,” King Abdullah said.

He added that God would punish those who enticed some young Saudis to follow the wrong path.

“We wish success and God’s blessings for everyone of you during this holy month,” the king told the gathering.

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