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Saudi Arabia pardons all convicts facing flogging sentences

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Saudi Arabia’s higher authorities have issued directives to pardon all those who were sentenced to flogging by all courts in the Kingdom before the abolition of flogging as a form of punishment, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learned from well-informed sources.

This will be applicable to persons in various emirates of the Kingdom who face flogging sentences but the verdicts have not yet been carried out.

In April this year, the General Commission for the Saudi Supreme Court took the landmark decision to end flogging as a form of punishment and replaced it by prison sentences, fines or of both.

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Earlier, flogging was ordered by courts to punish a variety of crimes in the Kingdom. There were cases under which individual judges had the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.

The abolition of flogging came in the framework of restricting the judge’s authority to impose flogging as a punishment, as it was noticed that some judges had exceeded the limit of the legal and juristic texts over the past years.

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