Toughening the penalty for harassment in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Council of Ministers, in its session held last Tuesday, added a new paragraph to Article Six of the Anti-Harassment Crime Law, which stipulated imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years and a financial penalty of no more than 100,000 riyals or one of these two penalties. Publishing a summary of the judgment in local newspapers at the expense of the convict.

The amendment stipulates that “the ruling determining the penalties referred to in this article may include a provision to publish its summary at the expense of the convict in one or more local newspapers, or in any other appropriate means, according to the gravity of the crime and its impact on society, on the The publication shall be after the judgment has acquired the final character.

Lawyer Youssef Al-Arfaj told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Such a punishment may deter the harasser,” noting that the defamation ruling is a discretionary ruling that the judge recognizes its quality and description and the crime that necessitated the ruling. “.

Al-Arfaj believed that this procedure may be implemented “if the harasser is persistent in the crime and has precedents and persistence, the judge may take a verdict of defamation, in addition to the fact that the method of defamation has not been explained whether it will be the name only or the name and revealing his identity by number or putting a picture, is not known yet.” .

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Lawyer Bayan Zahran indicated that defamation comes in the interest of society and the fight against crime because it deters and frightens the offender. During the type of harassment, whether verbal or physical, here the penalties are increased and determined according to the type of harm inflicted on the victim and society.

Saudi Arabia began implementing the anti-harassment system in June of 2018.

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