While Attorney General Saud Al-Mujib revealed that the draft alternative penalties for imprisonment were imminent, Okaz reviews the first alternative judgments in which a number of judges ruled in Saudi courts 12 years ago, and the beginning was in Al-Mawiya Court, north of Taif, when the court judge at the time, Sheikh Muhammad The Al Abdul Karim family in 1428 AH sentenced an employee who assaulted a citizen, working for 8 months without a leave. A similar decision was followed by a judge against an intermediate school student who beat and stabbed a young man, and the ruling came to flog the perpetrator 30 lashes in exchange for a special right, and the ruling to compel him to work in construction through Al-Ber Charity Society for a period of 5 hours per day, provided that this does not conflict with his studies, in exchange for a fee of 50 riyals For one day, the young man was also obligated to attend educational meetings at the association for a period of 3 hours at separate intervals, in exchange for the public right, and in the event that the young man breached one of the provisions, he shall be tried again.In the year 2009, a judge of the Sober Governorate Court, Sheikh Tanf al-Daajani, issued a ruling alternative to imprisoning a young man for a full year, obliging him to honor his blind and sick mother, after she petitioned the court, because he is the only breadwinner for her, and he is the one who takes care of her and organizes the process of her treatment and service, and the court stipulated the plaintiff He must attend daily at the Turbah Police Station to prove his presence, and be monitored for his mother’s honor on an ongoing basis by the court.
In 2010, the judge of the General Court in Samta, Sheikh Yasser al-Balawi, issued an alternative verdict against a citizen for assaulting a citizen, and he was sentenced to 25 days in prison, while the other, under threat, used a sharp instrument and was sentenced to 5 days in prison, and the judge exchanged the days of their sentences by paying 30,000 riyals as an alternative judgment.
These provisions were followed by several workshops and forums to prepare the draft alternative provisions, among them the Forum for Modern Trends in Alternative Sanctions, which was organized by the Ministry of Justice for 3 days in 2011 with the participation of a number of parties from inside and outside the Kingdom, and concluded at that time a number of recommendations that confirmed approval of the Alternative Sanctions Principle.
Attorney General Saud Al-Mujib revealed in an interview with “Okaz” the details of alternative penalties.