“Global Legal Framework against Terrorism” workshop held in Riyadh
February 20, 2010
President of the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Abdullah opened in Riyadh today a workshop entitled “A Global Legal Framework against Terrorism.” Eleven international legal experts in the field of counterterrorism are participating in the workshop, which was organized by the BIP in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Middle East and North Africa.
The opening ceremony was attended by President of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy Sheikh Salih bin Abdullah bin Humaid; Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammed Al-Essa; President of the Grievances Court Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Huqail; Director of Public Security Gen. Saeed Al-Qahtani; and representatives of UNODC.
During his speech, Sheikh Al-Abdullah declared, “Terrorism has no homeland, religion or race. It has affected many countries and has become a threat to global stability. Therefore, it is necessary to enhance international counterterrorism cooperation and develop criminal laws to address terrorist acts.”
Noting that Saudi Arabia was among the first countries affected by terrorism, he recounted the ways in which the Kingdom has responded to the threat. “At the local level, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia updated, developed and introduced security services concerned with counterterrorism. It also tightened border controls to prevent infiltration and smuggling of arms and explosives,” he said. “At the financial level, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken banking measures, including the establishment of a financial intelligence unit and a permanent committee against money laundering in addition to the implementation of the Forty Recommendations to combat money laundering issued by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).”
Sheikh Al-Abdullah continued, “At the intellectual level, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia established the Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Advisory and Care, which aims to resolve uncertainty and clarify deviant ideology leading to terrorism. . . At the international level, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been committed to the implementation of Security Council resolutions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, as well as relevant resolutions relating to counterterrorism and its financing.”
Sheikh Al Abdullah concluded, “This confirms the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of all forms of terrorism.” He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has organized several important international conferences, including the International Counterterrorism Conference held in Riyadh in 2005, a regional meeting on cooperation between law enforcement agencies and banking institutions in 2002, and an international conference in 2004 under the theme “Islam’s Position on Terrorism” at the Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University.