Our judiciary proceedings are fair: Al-Samaani

Sheikh Dr. Walid Bin Muhammad Al-Samaani

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RIYADH — The Minister of Justice, president of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Bin Muhammad Al-Samaani, said, "We categorically reject any interference from any party in the affairs of our country, especially in the judiciary, which we stress its independence."

Al-Samaani’s response came following statements made by the Canadian foreign minister and her country's embassy in Riyadh on what she called the ‘civil society activists’, and her blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom.

He stressed that the Saudi judiciary gives all defendants, including those charged with terrorism, all guarantees required by fair trial procedures, starting from the trial of the accused before an independent court and before a judge in public trials.

The defendant has the right to appoint a lawyer so as to see all documents and records of the accused, while the Ministry of Justice provides costs for lawyers for those who do not have the financial capability.

He explained that the judicial system in the Kingdom gives the accused the right to object to the rulings issued by methods prescribed for the objection. The system ensures his right to just compensation for the harm he suffered if he is acquitted.

Dr. Al-Samaani noted that the Kingdom has nothing to hide. "We have what we are proud to announce that the judiciary in the Kingdom deals with criminal trials, including terrorism cases like other trials, and applies all fair trial standards," he said.

He stressed that criminal justice in the Kingdom fully complies with the rules of legal evidence in terms of only the evidence presented in the case and the principle of presumption of innocence of the accused, in addition to granting the sentenced person the right to object to the sentence against him. — SPA


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