“Okaz” learned that the Criminal Court in Jeddah convicted 18 defendants, including 17 male and female citizens, in addition to a resident of Syrian nationality, who used and possessed 8 types of drugs after they took a chalet as a place to gather.
The conviction verdict included the use and possession of cocaine, marijuana, and hashish, and the meeting with corrupt persons. The verdicts included imprisonment and a travel ban. The sources reported that among the convicts were men and businesswomen, merchants, a marketing director, and female students in nursing and pharmacy faculties, and the rulings came after a series of pleadings between the audience and from a distance, and the Court of Appeal approved the rulings after the convicts submitted objection notes to the rulings, and the total prison sentences amounted to 80 years, In addition to an accessory penalty of preventing them from traveling for varying periods.
According to “Okaz” sources, the verdict was issued on 190 pages, and the trial in the first instance circuit lasted about 125 days, which is a great and rapid achievement for the court in light of the complexity and complexity of the case and the presence of 18 accused who were convicted other than those who were interrogated and interrogated, in addition to examining many documents. Documents, laboratory reports, and access to dozens of notes.
Lawyer Saeed Muhammad Al-Maliki said: There is a difference in penalties between the smuggler, the promoter, and the abuser. According to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Law, as the regime decided on the smuggler the most severe punishment, which is death by discretion, and the smuggler applies to the person who imports drugs from abroad, and whoever receives them to distribute them to the promoters, and with regard to the promoter, the system distinguishes between those who promote drugs for the first time and those who return after a precedent Sentencing him guilty. In the first case, the penalty for the promoter ranges from two years to 15 years, according to what is required by the judicial consideration, and in the event of a return to promotion and repetition of the crime, the penalty is increased, to reach death, as for the abuser, user, or possessor, he shall be punished with imprisonment from 6 months to two years, and he will be expelled from the country if He was a foreigner, and no case shall be instituted against a person who voluntarily applies for treatment.
Primary and supplementary penalties
Lawyer Ahmed Al-Rashed explained that the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Law is a codified penal system for all crimes related to drugs, and it is one of the penal systems. ) from the system, between killing as a punishment for the smuggler and imprisonment and fines for the promoters, and in the case of drug use, possession, gifting, and so on, and among these penalties is obligating the addict to review the psychiatric clinic. The second section is complementary penalties stipulated in Articles (52) to (57) of the system, which are confiscation, destruction, precautionary seizure of immovable and movable funds, revocation of establishment licenses, closure of the shop, deprivation from practicing the profession, in addition to the travel ban.