As part of the efforts to slow the spread of the covid-19 disease, Saudi Arabia has called a temporary halt to prison sentences for individuals convicted in private cases involving unpaid debts.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday ordered that the implementation of final judgments and orders in such cases be suspended. He also ordered the immediate, temporary release of prisoners already serving time for debt-related convictions.
King Salman suspended all orders and judgments granting an estranged parent child-visitation rights.
The orders will remain in force until the authorities announce that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer poses a threat to public health.
In response to the royal orders, Justice Minister and president of the Supreme Judicial Council Waleed Al Samaani thanked King Salman for his gesture that comes within the framework of the kingdom’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the safety of everyone, putting human health as a priority.
He confirmed that the orders were implemented immediately. Legal and prison authorities have been notified and told to take all necessary action. All those affected by the suspension of parental visitation rights are notified by text message.