List of crimes not covered under Ramadan Pardon

King Salman has ordered to release all Saudi and expatriate prisoners who have completed their imprisonment term but they are still in Jail for not paying the imposed fine of up to SR 500,000. However, this Ramadan pardon is not applicable to those who are involved in the following crimes.

The sources claim that the annual pardon which is declared in the Holy month of Ramadan shall not cover 29 categories of crime. 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 impacting national cohesion
  3. Murder
  4. Black magic
  5. Sorcery
  6. Human trafficking
  7. Blasphemy
  8. Desecration of the Holy Qur’an
  9. Torturing children
  10. Violence against people with special needs
  11. Cheating
  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
  21. Bribery
  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. Cases involving Ruqya offenses (offenses concerning treatment by the recitation of verses of the Holy Qur’an) and those falsely claiming to be Ruqaat, disclosing openly one’s intention to commit sins
  28. Conning and deception
  29. Issuing void checks

Those crimes on which the verdict was given as they have crossed the Hudood “limits posed by Allah” shall not be covered under Ramadan pardon.

I believe that it is a very good step taken by the Saudi Government. People who have spent their jail term but 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

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.