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Saudi panel tries to save 123 death-row convicts from execution

The Reconciliation Committee in the Saudi city of Makkah is currently debating the 123 murder cases

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The Reconciliation Committee in the Saudi city of Makkah is currently considering 123 murder cases involving Saudi and expatriates all over the Kingdom in a bid to secure reprieves for them from the death sentence.

Nasser Bin Misfer Al-Qurashi Al-Zahrani, the committee's chairman, said during the first quarter of this year, nine murder cases were settled.

“The families in two of these cases pardoned the murderers thanks to the support of Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,” he said.

Al-Zahrani said during the same period the committee received requests for intervention in 160 other cases involving marital disputes, family rifts, drug addictions and inheritance disputes.

“This is in addition to the cases of a number of convicted Saudi girls whose families refused to accept them after they served terms in social protection homes,” he added.

The chairman said since its establishment, the committee dealt with more than a thousand cases involving convicted murderers who were sentenced to death and was able to secure pardons in 309 of them.

Al-Zahrani said the committee also intervened to settle more than 35,000 other cases and was able to resolve a large number of them amicably.

He, however, made it clear that the committee will only help in cases in which intervention is permissible according to Islamic Shariah rules.

Meanwhile, Qassim Emir Prince Faisal Bin Mishal was able to convince the sons of a murdered Saudi man to give up their blood rights and pardon their father's killer.

The emir's intervention saved Eid Bin Awwad Al-Muzaibri from execution. Prince Faisal had to travel more than 200 kilometers to intercede for Al-Muzaibri with the victim's family in Abanat District in western Qassim.

He expressed appreciation for the family's gesture and said they pardoned the murderer.