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Saudi King strips crown prince's powers to oversee criminal prosecutions

Saudi King strips crown prince's powers to oversee criminal prosecution

AP/PTI  |  Riyadh 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R). Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R). Photo: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a royal decree that restructures the country's system for prosecutions, essentially stripping the of longstanding powers overseeing criminal investigations.

The king's decree issued today renames the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution as the office of Public Prosecution and orders that a newly appointed public prosecutor report directly to the monarch.


Mohammed bin Nayef, who also serves as Interior Minister, had overseen the BIP and had been tasked with nominating its chairman. Rather than being a part of the Ministry of Justice, the bureau has been attached to the Ministry of Interior, which oversees police and other security forces.

Its broad range of duties included investigating crimes, filing cases, prosecuting individuals, appealing court judgments and supervising the execution of criminal sentences.

First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 19:50 IST
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