Detention of children below 11, monitoring of e-mails and tapping of phones will be banned as the Cabinet on Monday passed three newly formulated judicial systems to this effect.
“The new system respects postal and telex messages and conversations through phone and other communication media and it bans tapping phone calls or monitoring e-mails, except for a genuine reason,” an informed legal source told Alarabiya.net.
The new systems for criminal procedures, legal proceedings and Grievances Court proceedings were formulated as part of judicial reforms initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to speed up judicial procedures and make them more transparent.
“The Cabinet discussed the new judicial systems and adopted necessary resolutions in preparation to present them to King Abdullah for his final endorsement,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.
The new criminal procedures insist that a person should not be arrested except with an order from the authority concerned and he/she should be dealt with decency, respecting his/her honor and without causing any harm physically or mentally, the source said.
The arrested person should be given the reason or reasons for the arrest and should be allowed to contact any person to inform about it. “The new system will solve a lot of problems related to criminal procedures,” said legal consultant Turki Al-Rasheed.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, chaired the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. The meeting reviewed the latest developments at Arab, regional and international levels.
The Cabinet welcomed the visit of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman to the Kingdom, stressing the deep-rooted relations between the two Arab countries. It expressed Riyadh’s desire to strengthen Saudi-Lebanese ties in various fields.
The Cabinet also reviewed the visit of US Secretary of State of John Kerry to the Kingdom when the two sides discussed prospects of expanding bilateral cooperation, the Palestinian issue and the situation in Syria.
The Cabinet emphasized the historic US-Saudi ties “based on independence, mutual respect, common interests and constructive cooperation in dealing with regional and international issues,” Khoja said.