(MENAFN - Arab News) Justice minister mohammed al-eissa has eased punishment for drug-related offenses including possession and will leave sentencing for such crimes to the discretion of the kingdom's judges.
punishments he said should remain within the limits set by existing anti-drug legal provisions.
al-eissa had issued a circular to courts with the new decision stating that sentencing should not exceed existing maximum sentences for these crimes.
the supreme court however had previously submitted a study highlighting applicability problems in drug-related legal provisions which state that drug-related crimes are punishable through sentencing equal to half of that of a regular crime.
however terms for full-fledged crimes fail to be defined in subsequent paragraphs indicating ambiguity over drug sentencing said the study.
bandar al-bashir a lawyer said certain drug-related crimes such as selling fake drugs can be considered premeditated and merit more severe punishment than personal drug use.
current provisions state that middlemen can face a 10-year prison term and a sr50000 fine in accordance with article 58 of the anti-drug law.