Riyadh - SPA
Minister of Justice : Our judiciary proceedings are fair and we reject any interference in the affairs of our country

The Minister of Justice, President of Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh
Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, said in response to statements made
by the Canadian Foreign Minister and her country's embassy in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on what she called the civil society activists
who were arrested in the Kingdom and urged the Kingdom to release them
immediately and her blatant and unacceptable interference in the
internal affairs of the Kingdom , "We categorically reject any
interference from any party in the affairs of our country, especially in
the judiciary, which we stress its independence."

He stressed that the Saudi judiciary gives all defendants, including
those charged with terrorism, all guarantees required by fair trial
procedures, starting from the trial of the accused before an independent
court and before his judge in public trials, the defendant has the
right to appoint a lawyer, and to see all documents and records of the
accused, while Ministry of Justice provides costs of lawyers for those
who do not have the material capacity.

He explained that the judicial system in the Kingdom gives the
accused the right to object to the rulings issued by methods prescribed
for the objection. The system ensures his right to just compensation for
the harm he suffered if he is acquitted.

Dr. Al-Samaani noted that the Kingdom has nothing to hide in
terrorism cases or in other cases. "We have what we are proud to
announce that the judiciary in the Kingdom deals with criminal trials,
including terrorism cases like other trials, and applies all fair trial
standards", he said .

He stressed that criminal justice in the Kingdom fully complies with
the rules of legal evidence in terms of only the evidence presented in
the case and the principle of presumption of innocence of the accused,
in addition to granting the sentenced person the right to object the
sentence against him.

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