King Salman: Even the Saudi king is not above the law

Saudi King Salman is seen during U.S. President Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh. (Reuters)

Citizens in Saudi Arabia can file a lawsuit against even the King, the Crown Prince or any royal family member unlike many other countries where the heads of state have immunity, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman said here on Wednesday.

The King was addressing senior officials and those concerned with combatting corruption in the public and private sectors.

Giving the example of a case between a citizen and the late King Abdul Aziz, King Salman said the citizen wanted a Shariah verdict so the two went to Sheikh Saad Bin Atiq who was the judge in Riyadh at that time.

“If you see anything harming a citizen or an individual or a tribe or a town, our doors and ears are open for you,” the King said.

“I am more concerned about the rights of citizens than my rights,” King Salman said.

The King said that there is consensus to fight corruption. The biggest fighters of corruption are Allah’s Book and Prophet’s Sunnah.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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