I mentioned previously that I would keep updating progress on this trial, involving as it does members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (the C-Men). Last Tuesday was a hearing day in the trial in Riyadh and proceedings from the trial were printed in the Arab News on November 7, 2007 under the title Al-Huraisi Killing Case: Commission Members Deny All Charges.
It seems that truth and justice are not two features of the members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (the Ministry of Lasciviousness and Licentiousness) although I would have thought that telling the truth was considered a virtue as much here in the Kingdom as it is elsewhere in the world. Seems that under questioning by the three judges that are hearing the case, the two members of the C-Men that are on trial for the alleged murder of Salman Al-Huraisi in May 2007,
denied … that they had beaten the deceased or even took part in a raid on his house
Yahya Al-Huraisi, the attorney representing Al-Huraisi’s family, noted
[that he] explained to the judges the entire scenario of how the commission members raided the house in May, confiscated banned items, and then began beating the deceased while he was handcuffed.
The two defendants, at that point, were asked to respond to the charges. They denied any involvement, whether it was with the beating or them taking part in the raid.
This does, of course, fly in the face of the investigation of the matter by the General Investigation and Prosecution Authority (GIPA) and the Governate of Riyadh, both bodies finding the men responsible for the death of Salman Al-Huraisi. The GIPA is sort of like a Saudi version of the Crown Prosecutor.
Hopefully the judges will sort this out and come to a good judgement. Mind you, the Governorate of Riyadh mentioned that the trial was just one of three cases currently in session regarding the death of Salman Al-Huraisi.
What is certain about this case is that at the C-Men’s centre, Al-Huraisi was beaten until he stopped breathing and was the pronounced dead by a medical team several hours later.