5 years in jail for filming accidents in Saudi

Persons filming accidents involving casualties could be jailed up to five years and fined SRthree million (Dhthree million) in Saudi Arabia, a newspaper in the largest Arab economy reported on Sunday.

‘Sada’ Arabic language daily quoted a well-known Saudi lawyer as saying new laws enforced in the Gulf Kingdom bans the filming of accidents on roads or in the sea and air, fires and other mishaps that lead to casualties.

“Filming such accidents in total disregard of the casualties is a serious violation of privacy. This is an offence included in the IT criminal law,” Nayef Kharboush said.

“People involved in such offences could be jailed up to five years and fined up to SRthree million. In some cases they could get either penalty.”

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