2004 News Story

Judiciary symposium opens in Riyadh

Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz opened in Riyadh today a two-day symposium on the judiciary and legal system in Saudi Arabia, organized by the Ministry of Justice. In a press statement, Prince Sultan praised the prominent status of the judiciary in the Kingdom, and stressed its autonomy and independent authority.

In a speech on the occasion, the Kingdom's Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh stressed the importance of justice in Islam, and underlined the independence of the Kingdom’s judiciary. He rejected attempts to accuse the Islamic world of terrorism, and pointed out that Islam protects and maintains human rights.
In his speech, Head of the Supreme Judicial Council Shaikh Salih Al-Luheidan stressed that the Kingdom’s judiciary is based on Islam, which guarantees security and justice. Highlighting the various stages of litigation, he affirmed that Saudi Arabia maintains human rights and rejects terrorism and oppression.
Minister of Justice Dr. Abdullah Al-AsShaikh referred to the aim of the symposium as highlighting the bases of the judiciary and the justice system, and the unprecedented legal guarantees in the area of protection of human rights and enforcement of justice in the Kingdom.
Regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Arab countries Ameen Makki Madani described the symposium as reflecting strong Saudi support for justice and human dignity in accordance with teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Islamic Law.