Saudi Arabia establishes a Center for Witness Protection.

Saudi Arabia establishes a Center for Witness Protection.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has opened a new facility that will start operations in July and protect witnesses to crimes and whistleblowers.

In accordance with Article Four of the Law for the Protection of Whistleblowers, Witnesses, Experts, and Victims, Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mojeb approved the establishment.

The center will use techniques outlined in Article Fourteen of the Law, such as security and identity and data anonymization, to provide legal protection against threats, danger, or injury.

Victims may receive a temporary or permanent transfer from their place of employment and assistance with legal, psychological, and social issues.

Financial support and security escorts are also included in the protection.

Whistleblowers and witnesses can apply for protection under certain guidelines, and if they are in immediate danger, the center will support them without their need for assistance.

When someone harms a witness under protection, they can face up to three years in prison and fines of up to SR5 million ($1.3 million).

“Every state has a duty to establish procedures that provide measures for the protection of people whose cooperation with the justice system in an investigation may put them at risk of physical harm,” authorized attorney Tariq Al-Suqair told Arab News.

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