Saudi Shoura Approves Law Regulating Reconciliation, Compensation, and Pardon of Convicts

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Saudi Shoura Council approved a draft Law of Reconciliation related to retribution of convicts which contains 18 articles to regulate rules.

Riyadh — The Shoura Council approved a draft Law of Reconciliation related to retribution. The law, which contains 18 articles, aims to regulate the rules of reconciliation, ransom, compensation, and pardon of convicts.

The draft law prohibits relatives of convicts from publishing advertisements or launching charity drives to collect donations to get the convicts released from captivity.

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The council session, chaired by its Deputy President, Dr. Mishaal Al-Silmi, approved the draft law. Several council members moved the draft law based on Article 23 of the council’s system.

The Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committee recommended the changes based on the opinions and viewpoints of its council members.

The proposal was presented by council members Dr. Sultan Al Farah, Dr. Sultana Al-Badawi, Dr. Suleiman Al-Fifi, Dr. Faisal Al Fadel, Dr. Mastoura Al-Shamri, and former member Dr. Abdullah Al-Balawi, after listening to the report of the Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committee.

The draft law regulates the process of collecting reconciliation amounts for retribution. Additionally, it estimates and regulates compensation for retribution in the case of premeditated murder or similar crimes. The law also organizes the mechanism for paying the reconciliation amount.

It also stipulates the procedures for reconciling relations between various relevant authorities in this regard. The law enhances awareness of the provisions for collecting the reconciliation money and the importance of forgiveness for the sake of God.

The articles of the draft law apply to those convicted of murder or similar serious offenses. The articles also include provisions for the victim’s parents who agree to a pardon for or without compensation.

The law also prohibits convicts and their guardians from advertising or using any such means to collect donations for reconciliation. They are also prohibited from contacting the victim or their parents directly or through a third party. 

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