The Ministry pays SR 250,000 to a prisoner for keeping him 11 months in Jail

Heavy Compensation for Extra Punishment: Recently, there is a story reported about an imprisoned man who served an extra eleven months in prison than his appointed punishment by the respective court of Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Justice released the imprisoned man by giving him a heavy compensatory amount.

The reason for giving compensatory cash to him by the Ministry of justice was that he spent more duration than his appointed sentenced imprisonment which was 11 months, almost near to one year.

The ministry of justice could not possibly return his eleven months back but they repaid him by handing over an amount of SR 250,000 which is equivalent to $66,660.

Time is the most important fact: Extra duration of Eleven months’ imprisonment definitely left a physical and psychological damage on the person affecting his health terribly and pressurizing psychologically. Time is the most important fact and reality and once it passes, it cannot come back.

Time can’t be replaced by anything and would not return. The most important and precious thing in the whole world is time. We should respect others time in the way we respect our time.

Justice was served: However, a compensatory step taken by the Ministry of justice is positive for his rehabilitation who suffered extra eleven months in confinement without any further crime.

The main question rises on this whole story that why was there a need to offer compensation as if the case was handled or dealt by considering all the legal facts and case time limits, which could vary and depend upon the nature of the case.

Procedural Error: Making case proceedings long or in pending sounds like an unhealthy justice format. Eleven months’ unlawful incarceration resulted due to a wrong procedure or procedural error made by the judicial department at the Penal Court located in the Holy city of Saudi Arabia, Makkah.

This prolonged case procedure in judicial department caused a delay in considering the case which consumed eleven months of the ex-prisoner. According to an Arabic newspaper, the ex-prisoner already finished 180 days of his sentenced punishment which was about six months.

Drug-Peddling: The ex-prisoner already finished his six months’ punishment which was charged on him for a case of drug-peddling. Drug peddler is basically a person who is a drug dealer or drug trafficker. 

Ex-prisoner then filed a case against the Makkah Prisons department, but the representatives of the department in penal court proceedings proved that it did not receive any official release order or statement by the ministry of justice.

Source: Arab News

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