Saudi Arabia to eliminate flogging punishment

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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court is set to implement a directive from higher authorities calling for the elimination of flogging as a form of punishment in judicial verdicts, Okaz Arabic daily has reported.

Reports state that the General Commission for the Supreme Court has issued a decision, with a majority vote, stipulating that it should suffice courts to restrict discretionary (Ta’ziri) punishments to a jail term or fine, or both, or alternative penalties.

The sources added that it is incumbent upon the courts to implement this principle and not to digress from it whatsoever.

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Last year, the Saudi Shoura Council member Faisal Al-Fadhil, had called for abrogation of the flogging penalty and restricting it only to Hudood cases, which entail capital punishment, in the Shariah law.

The elimination of flogging as a punishment is the latest in a series of steps taken by the Kingdom to modernize its judicial system.

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