King Abdullah issues amnesty prisoners

December 28, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, has issued an amnesty to prisoners serving jail for non-violent crimes and do not pose a threat to the public security or order, Minister of Interior Prince Mohammad bin Naif announced today.

Arab News quoted Lt. Col. Ayoub bin Hijab, spokesman for the Directorate General of Prisons, as saying that the royal pardon covers both Saudi and foreign prisoners and that shortly after the amnesty was announced, committees were established throughout the Kingdom to determine eligibility. The first prisoners are expected to be released within the next two weeks, Lt. Col. Hijab said.