Every year King Salman orders the release of all Saudi and expats prisoners who have completed their jail term but are still in Jail for not paying the fine of up to SR 500,000. However, this Ramadan pardon is not applicable to those who are involved in the following 29 crimes.
This has been stated in the principles and directives for annual pardon. Here is the list of crimes that are not covered under the Ramadan pardon:
1- Threat or danger to state security.
2- Incitement impacts national cohesion.
4- Black magic.
6- Human trafficking.
8- Desecration of the Holy Qur’an.
9- Torturing children.
10- Violence against people with special needs.
12- Cover-up (tasattur).
13- Money laundering.
14- Illicit real estate investments.
15- Sheltering people wanted for security offenses.
16- Arms smuggling.
17- Assault on govt officials or staff, doctors, nurses, and paramedics.
18- Financial corruption.
19- Forging of title deeds.
20- Documents and rubber stamps.
22- Forging currencies.
23- Obtaining Saudi citizenship through illegal means.
24- Military crimes when in uniform.
25- Publishing secret documents and information.
26- Stock market crimes.
27- Fake Ruqya cases.
28- Conning and deception.
29- Issuing void checks.
I believe that it is a very good step taken by the Saudi Government. People who have spent their jail term but are unable to pay fines do not need to be behind the bars. In this way, thousands of Saudis and expatriates would be able to spend Eid with their loved ones.
Source: Saudi Gazette