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Saudi Arabia allows prisoners to appeal sentences

The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s higher authorities have approved the adoption of a new mechanism to enable prisoners and detainees to appeal their sentences within the specified legal period.

Informed sources confirmed to the newspaper on Sunday that the mechanism included activating electronic monitoring of the judicial departments about enabling prisoners and detainees to submit an appeal against judgments issued by courts of the first instance, or requesting a cassation before the Supreme Court regarding judgments issued by or upheld by the courts of appeal, or the prisoner or detainee acknowledges that he does not wish to appeal the judgment issued against him.

Also, a committee was formed from the Ministry of the Interior and the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia to consider the mechanism used to enable the arrested person to appeal the ruling issued against him within the period specified by law.

It concluded with several recommendations, the most prominent of which is the emphasis on the courts that hear the cases of prisoners and detainees by enabling the prisoner or detainee to submit an appeal against the judgments of the courts of the first instance, or to request cassation before the Supreme Court, or to decide that he does not wish to do so, taking into account electronic litigation procedures.