10-year jail, SR 30 million fine for cutting down trees in Saudi Arabia

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Anyone who cuts down a tree or plant in Saudi Arabia may be fined up to SR 30,000,000 (equivalent to $7 million), jailed for up to 10 years, or both, the kingdom’s Public Prosecution has announced.

“Cutting down trees, shrubs, herbs, or plants [and] uprooting, moving, stripping them of their bark, leaves or any part, or moving their soil,” will result in severe penalties as stated in the kingdom’s environmental laws”, the prosecution said on Twitter.

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The announcement comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan to achieve environmental sustainability by the end of the coming decade.

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