KINGDOM : NEWS ROUNDUP
Excess food distributed to the needy
DAMMAM — The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has agreed with the charitable society for food (Itaam), to collect and distribute excess food from hotels to the needy. The first phase of the project will be implemented in Riyadh, and Itaam has prepared vehicles to collect and sort out collected food, before distributing it to needy families. The head of SCTA in the Eastern Province said that the second phase will be soon implemented in the Eastern Province, and the results of the two phases will be later evaluated to implement the project in all parts of the country.
Status abuse topples charity official
JAZAN — The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) here has toppled a high official of a well known charitable society in the area, for an alleged blackmail of lady seeking assistance from the charity. Sources in Haia said that the Al-Rawdha neighborhood branch of Haia received information that a senior official in the charity had asked a lady to commit immoral acts before he could provide her with the required assistance. He added that Haia teams set up an ambush for the official at the parking of a shopping mall, waiting for the lady. Haia Jazan branch spokesman, Ahmad Al-Abdali would not comment on the incident, claiming that he did not have enough information about it.
Mother admits to abusing daughter
QURAYYAT — Investigations revealed the mother of a child who was beaten and abused in Qurayyat, has admitted that she was responsible for her daughter’s condition. Qurayyat police spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Muwaisher, said that the Qurayyat general hospital had notified police of a child that was admitted to the emergency unit, and was suffering from burns and dealing marks on her body. He added that police launched an investigation into the incident, and investigators questioned the child who claimed that the culprit is not known to her. However, investigators on questioning the mother, reached the conclusion that she was responsible for the abuse, and the mother finally admitted to the charge. The case was referred to the Bureau of Investigations and Public Prosecution.
Two judge under trial for dissent
DAMMAM — The Supreme Judicial Council has tried two judges last week, for adopting views opposing government policy, and that disciplinary department in the council has decided to delay a decision for “contemplation”. One of the judges is accused of supporting a member of “Al-Qaeda” where he objected to a 15-year prison sentence issued against him, while the other judge is accused for tweeting views that are against government policies. One of the judges objected to the trial claiming that he had submitted his resignation, but sources said that the council has not yet received it.
Human rights in schools curricula
ABHA — The head of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, that the society has sought to introduce a human rights in the curriculum of higher education. During the inauguration of Asir NSHR branch, he said that some universities have already begun including such subjects in their curriculum, such as King Abdulaziz, King Saud, and Al-Jouf Univeristies. He explained that such subjects are important to educate the public of their duties and rights, and that there are continuous meetings and coordination between the NSHR and the Ministry of Education in this regard.