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A powerful judiciary that is a bulwark against terrorism

Hassan Al Mustafa

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The assassination of Judge Sheikh Mohammed al-Jirani, is an action through which terrorists wanted to deliver a clear message: that those who oppose us, will be killed!

Betrayal, and weakening the doctrine... all these “trivial” reasons, presented by the killers to justify their crime, which was clearly rejected by the al-Qatif community.

Former judge Sheikh Abdullah al-Khunizi and Sheikh Hassan al-Saffar, both issued separate statements condemning the crime. In addition, about 130 social figures signed a statement rejecting terrorism.

The quick responses indicate that the terrorists’ message did not intimidate anyone, and did not succeed in silencing the national figures but rather it increased the number of those who openly oppose and reject violence.

The judiciary has a respectful, and important position in the community; it had been for a long time immune from these recent abuses.

Terrorists want the emptiness that took place after al-Jirani’s death to continue, so that they can make their black propaganda that serves their goals. Thus it is important to nominate a strong successor to follow al-Jirani; the successor should be wise, a jurist and a scholar, and he should be respected by the people and the official institution. He should be characterized by awareness, openness and aligned with the 2030 vision of the country in respecting the law and reaching a modern civil society.

Easy target

Any person that does not have these characteristics will be an easy target for the extremists and their anti-stability speeches, they would be able to fail him socially and politically.

Historically, the status and power of the judge has been a guarantee for the stability and a link between people and official institutions, securing people’s interests, money, and safety.

Terrorists want the emptiness that took place after al-Jirani’s death to continue, so that they can make their black propaganda that serves their goals. Thus it is important to nominate a strong successor to follow al-Jirani; the successor should be wise, a jurist and a scholar, and he should be respected by the people and the official institution. He should be characterized by awareness, openness and aligned with the 2030 vision of the country in respecting the law and reaching a modern civil society

Hassan Al Mustafa

The late Judge Sheikh Mohammed Saleh Al-Mubarak, who was a jurist, remained in office for 18 years until 1974. He represents the role model of the judge who has a “firm” and “determined” decision for the majority of the people, he had good relationship with the Eastern Province at that time. King Saud bin Abdul Aziz and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz respected him, as he was in contact with the political authority of the country, in order to fulfill the people’s needs, or solve their problems, to ensure stability and security and to strengthen the cohesion between people and government institutions.

Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz during his visit to al-Qatif, accompanied by Prince Abdullah Abdul Aziz, he visited Judge Al-Mubarak at his home, as a sign of the relationship between the regime and the judiciary, and trust and appreciation.

This kind of scholar figures can be an impartial judge against the crimes perpetrate by the terrorists, because this figure would have the power to confront any extreme speeches and to build a community that is aware of the importance of the law!

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Hassan AlMustafa is Saudi journalist with interest in middle east and Gulf politics. His writing focuses on social media, Arab youth affairs and Middle Eastern societal matters. His twitter handle is @halmustafa.

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