Saudi king appoints new public prosecutor, new security director

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued several royal orders on Saturday morning including the amendment of the name of the Investigation and Public Prosecution Commission to the Public Prosecutor's Office and to be headed by the Attorney-General.

King Salman named Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah bin Mubarak Attorney General, with a ministerial rank, reported the official Saudi Press Agency.

The royal decree stated that the Public Prosecutor's Office is to function under the King’s authority directly to guarantee its independence and autonomy and to assign experts to review the system of the General Investigation and Prosecution Authority to propose any required amendments within 90 days.

Observers believe that the royal order "came as a step towards reformation for the justice system in the Kingdom, where the Public Prosecutor office is directly linked to the King and thus will be completely independent of the executive authority."

The royal orders included relieving Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulrahman al-Abdullah al-Arini, head of the investigation and prosecution agency of his duties and appointing Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah bin Mubarak as a public prosecutor.

The Saudi monarch also decided to end the service of General Osman bin Nasser al-Muhraj, the director of public security, and promoted Major General Saud bin Abdulaziz Hilal as director of public security.

The royal orders included the appointment of Abdulhakim bin Mohammed bin Sulaiman al-Tamimi as head of the General Authority of Civil Aviation under the rank of minister and Suhail bin Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Abanmi as governor of the General Authority for Zakat and Income, with the rank of excellence.

Faisal bin Abdul Aziz bin Labdeh was announced Advisor to the Royal Court at the rank of lieutenant general. Abdullah bin Ibrahim al-Hamed was assigned as the Director of the University of Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, rank of excellence.

Other appointees at ministerial rank include Aqla bin Ali Al-Aqla as Vice-President of the Royal Court, Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah bin Abdul Latif al-Mubarak, Advisor to the Royal Court, and Tamim bin Abdulaziz al-Salem as Assistant to the King’s Secretary.

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