Saudi Arabia authorities arrested 936 people who tried to enter the Holy Land without prior permission during the pilgrimage.
According to the details, the authorities took the necessary actions against them, including imposing previously announced fines.
Due to enhanced safety and strict coronavirus health precautions, the pilgrims began the first day of the pilgrimage ceremony on Wednesday.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced in June that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only a “limited” number of people (10,000) will be allowed to participate in the North Korean perform this year. These people will come from different nationalities but already reside in Saudi Arabia.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. Approximately, 2.5 million pilgrims typically visit the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long Hajj.
Fines for offenders
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced several penalties earlier this month for violating the restrictions on this year’s limited pilgrimage, including a fine of 10,000 Saudi Riyals (US$2,666) for those who entered the Holy Land of Mecca without permission during the pilgrimage. . Repeat offenders will be fined twice.
As for those who illegally transported pilgrims and were not approved for the pilgrimage this year, security officials emphasized that there are several levels of punishment.
For the first crime, he will be sentenced to 15 days’ imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 riyals (US$2,667) for each transport of an unauthorized pilgrim. If he is a foreigner, he will be deported after completing his sentence and being barred from entering the kingdom again. His vehicle will also be impounded.
If the offender commits another foul, he will be sentenced to two months’ imprisonment and fined not more than 25,000 rials (US$6,666) for each unauthorized pilgrim he transports. If he is a foreigner, he will be deported after completing his sentence and being barred from entering the kingdom again.
If the offender commits the crime again for the third time, he will be sentenced to not more than six months’ imprisonment and a fine of not more than 50,000 rials (13,331 US dollars) for each transport of unauthorized pilgrims. If he is a foreigner, he will be deported after completing his sentence and being barred from entering the kingdom again.