Saudi courts clear 78 cases of cybercrime over past six months

August 5, 2014 9:40 am

Saudi courts announced they have cleared some 78 cases of cybercrime over the past six months, Arab News reported..Dammam’s court received more than 46% of the total number of cases Kingdom-wide, with 36 cases, followed by Riyadh with 10 cases (12.8%). Khamis Mushayt, meanwhile, registered eight cases (10.3%), Arar five cases (6.4%), Madinah four cases (5.1%), Qassim and Qatif three cases each and Hail, Khobar and Kharj just two cases each. Courts in Makkah, Taif and Unaizah registered the least number of cybercrime, with only one case each, equivalent to little over 1% of all cases, the sources said. According to cybercrime regulations brought into effect seven years ago, cybercrime perpetrators can be imprisoned for anywhere between one and 10 years and incur a fine of between SR500,000 and SR5m, the paper said.