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Saudi Prosecution looks into arrest of 3,719 beggars

The security forces have arrested a total of 3,719 beggars from various regions of the Kingdom during the week starting from March 22 to 30. The Public Prosecution officials are investigating the cases against each one of the arrested beggars, both men and women.

The Public Security Directorate, through its official Twitter account, warned people against the dangers of beggary while describing it as one of the methods of financial fraud and illegitimate earning. It emphasized that begging in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of its justifications, has been banned.

The penalties will be doubled for those who are part of the organized beggary rackets. Whoever engages in beggary, manages beggars, incites others, and assists beggars as part of organized rackets will be awarded a maximum jail term of one year or fine not exceeding SR100,000, or of both.

The law stipulates that all funds in cash and kind obtained from practising beggary will be confiscated and if it was not possible to seize any of these funds, the competent court would decide a fine equivalent to its value.


Saudi Gazette

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