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Saudi Arabia: The Jinn made me do it

A judge who allegedly confiscated large plots of empty government land using forged deeds claimed it was a jinn who made him carry out his illegal activities. He said he was possessed and did not know what he was doing.

The human lawyer of the judge refused to continue defending him and apologized for not being able to do so. The lawyer was sure that all evidence was against his client so he gave up on him.

The apology of the lawyer gave me an idea. I think the judge should pick up a jinn lawyer since he has worked with them before and they are not strangers to him.

The judge had graciously accepted the advice of the jinn when he confiscated empty government land worth more than SR2 billion through forged documents. The land, in Madinah, is known as “Hamra Al-Assad” after the name of the residential district in which it is located.

The judge had more than 30 other accomplices including court employees and realtors. They were all investigated with a view to determining the role of each one of them in the case.

As we have advised the judge to pick up a jinn lawyer, it is only natural that his other accomplices do the same. Each one of them should choose a lawyer to defend him.

The defendants may also classify themselves into groups and each group should assign its own lawyer. The jinni lawyer of the judge should chair the group of lawyers because he is the most experienced of them and because he corrupted the judge and induced him into stealing land worth billions of riyals.

If a group of jinni lawyers was formed to defend the prime suspect and the other defendants, people would closely follow the trials. This would be an unprecedented court case in the legal history of mankind.

My suggestion seems okay from outside but in fact it is impractical. The judges in the case would not be accustomed to dealing with jinn in their courts.

In fact many judges do not see any need for lawyers. They believe that courts will be better without them. Many judges would accept lawyers only because the system of litigation has made provisions for their inclusion.

Therefore my proposal remains a comic one in line with the judge’s claim that he committed his crime under the influence of the jinn.

Saudi Arabia Religious police chief escapes bid on life #KSA


The chief of Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police escaped a bid on his life in August by old guards opposing his reforms within the security system, a newspaper in the Gulf kingdom reported on Wednesday.

Abdul Lateef Al Shaikh, chairman of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, escaped unscathed after a car tried to run him over just as he was leaving a mosque after performing dawn prayers, Alwatan said.

“The assassination attempt has been confirmed… it followed news that a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood intended to liquidate Al Shaikh after his decision to sack some Brotherhood leaders in the Commission,” the paper said, quoting reliable sources.

It said those leaders were opposed to reforms implemented by Al Shaikh, including stopping Commission cops from chasing cars on roads and halting part time agents.

“The Commission Presidency will disclose all details of the reforms in the next period… it is believed that the reforms harmed the interests of the opponents who are described by the sources as a fifth column… they used to collect donations in the name of the Commission to serve private interests,” it said.

Saudi religious police to be investigated for corruption allegations


Saudi Arabia’s religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has come under criticism for alleged financial and administrative corruption.

A source in the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission (known as “Nazaha”) said the commission has received a complaint with alleged violations and that an investigation would be launched, the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz reported on Tuesday.

One of the violations included a contract with a real estate firm to rent a tower on Riyadh’s King Fahd Road.

The contract was allegedly for SR17.8 million ($4.53 million), despite that the same building was previously approved for rental to the Ministry of Housing for SR15 million ($4 million).

The complaint also included a claim that an official from the commission received a SR800,000 ($213,000) loan, of which SR400,000 ($106,000) was allocated for the opening of an “intellectual security” training program.

The report noted that it was the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University that is in charge of organizing this program not the commission official who received the loan. Besides, there is no clear mechanism to oversee how the funds are spent, according to the report.

The commission spokesman, Turki Al-Shaleel, rejected the allegations as baseless and part of attempts to smear the religious authority, according to local daily, Okaz.

Shaleel said the general secretariat of the commission reserves the right to prosecute parties that spread wrongful reports about it.

The head of the Saudi religious police, Sheikh Abdel Latif al-Sheikh, at the governmental ranking of minister, reports directly to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

The commission employs an estimated 4,000 “so called religious police” on the ground and tasked with patrolling streets and cracking down on aspects and behaviors deems to be in contradiction with the Islamic Shariah.

The 2013 budget of the commission is estimated at $390 million, a 35 percent increase from the 2012 budget, according to a report by Arabian Business.

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