Eighteen juvenile delinquents have been released from a correctional institution in the Saudi capital Riyadh under a royal pardon marking the holy month of Ramadan, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported Tuesday.
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“Minors residing in the Social Observation Centre patiently wait for such a chance after they have shown signs of good behaviour,” Youssef Al Siali, the director of the Ministry of Resources and Social Development’s branch in Riyadh, said.”During their stay in the place, they have received all kinds of care, education and training at the hands of qualified specialists and attended intense courses aimed at correcting their mistakes,” he added without elaborating.
Underage delinquents, who acted unlawfully, are sent to such centres where they stay until court rulings are given to them or they get pardoned.
Last month, Saudi Arabia abolished death sentences and the execution of convicts who were under 18 at the time of committing crimes, a major step seen boosting human rights in the kingdom.
According to changes to the Saudi justice system, security authorities have been directed to compile a list of final death sentences issued against inmates who were minors at the time of perpetrating crimes
Public prosecution has also been directed to amend indictment bills against underage defendants to make the maximum penalty for them 10 years in prison
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