Doctor jailed for botched circumcisions

Updated 18 June 2013

Doctor jailed for botched circumcisions

An ENT doctor has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined SR 100,000 for botching up circumcision operations on six children in a private clinic in Madinah, local media reported.
The ruling, issued by a health commission, included canceling the medical license of the doctor and banning him from practicing for life.
The parents of the affected children called the punishment light, saying it does not measure up to the damages inflicted on their children.
The ruling did not hold the clinic responsible in the case.
One of the children whose genital organ was damaged due to the circumcision operation will undergo catheterization. This would enable him to urinate as his urinary system was blocked after the operation.
Earlier, the Madinah Health Department closed down the clinic and imposed a fine of SR 100,000 on it for carrying out the incorrect medical procedures on the six children. A medical committee formed to this end was tasked to investigate the violations and accordingly issue the penalties.
The private clinic, meanwhile, has started accumulating debts it owes to a number of medical and service firms following its closure by the Madinah Health Department 12 days ago.
The clinic has reportedly enjoyed a good reputation in conducting circumcision operations under a doctor named Ammar who died several months ago. The clinic tried to exploit its popularity and assigned the ENT doctor to perform the operations.


Saudi foreign minister meets counterparts in Niger

Updated 27 November 2020

Saudi foreign minister meets counterparts in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held meetings with his counterparts in the Niger capital of Niamey on Friday.

The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation currently being held under the title “United Against Terrorism for Peace and Development.”

Prince Faisal had separate meetings with Benin Foreign Minister Aurélien Agbénonci, Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

They discussed the topics on the conference agenda, in addition to reviewing bilateral relations and issues of common interest.