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| 16 October, 2017

Saudi Shoura discusses draft law to combat terror

Members of the Saudi advisory Shura Council listen to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayaf Bin Abdul Aziz, brother of Saudi King Abdulah, during his presentation on the security situation in the kingdom, in Jeddah July 1, 2007

Members of the Saudi advisory Shura Council listen to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayaf Bin Abdul Aziz, brother of Saudi King Abdulah, during his presentation on the security situation in the kingdom, in Jeddah July 1, 2007

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Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council on Sunday started deliberations on the draft law to combat crimes of terrorism and terrorism-funding.

RIYADH - The Shoura Council on Sunday started deliberations on the draft law to combat crimes of terrorism and terrorism-funding.

Yahya Al-Samaan, assistant president of the Council, said that the members began discussions on the report of the security affairs committee that contained the draft law and its recommendation to approve the draft.

The report was read out by Abdullah Al-Saadun, chairman of the committee. At the end of the deliberations, the Council gave more time to the committee to carry out studies on the basis of the suggestions and viewpoints of the members before finalizing the draft law.

Al-Samaan said the Council discussed the report of the finance committee, with regard to proposals for making amendments and additions to the law for combating money laundering, read out by the committee Chairman Osama Al-Rabiah. The council session, presided over by Deputy President Muhammad Al-Jafri, listened to the viewpoints of several members about the law and the proposed amendments.

The Council approved the draft law for the rights of the elderly people and taking care of them. The draft law, which consists of 21 articles and presented by the committee of social, family and youth affairs, aims at strengthening the social security of the elderly people and ensuring their welfare and safety, besides safeguarding their rights and guaranteeing their protection at family and society.

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There are provisions in the law to safeguard the physical and mental health of the elderly people and their social care. According to the law, it is not allowed to admit the elderly people in shelter homes without their willingness or consent of the family or on the basis of a court verdict. Moreover, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has to make available of free legal assistance to them whenever it is required and they will be exempted from charges for public utility services. The provisions also include penalties against those who harm the elderly people. They shall also have priority right in getting basic social and health services.



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