April 23, 2010

SAUDI ARABIA: Elderly woman seeks justice in inheritance row

. TAIF, Saudi Arabia / The Saudi Gazette / Nation / April 23, 2010 Elderly woman seeks justice in inheritance row By Muhammad Saeed Al-Zahrani An elderly woman here has criticized the courts for allegedly failing to resolve a dispute over her inheritance which she had filed in 2007. The 72-year-old Sadya said that she had just recently been to court without getting any resolution to her complaint. In 2007 she claimed that the Shariah Court in Baha had scheduled a session to assess the possessions which she inherited from her family. The case was brought to court because one of her relatives had raised an objection to the inheritance she had received. “But since then, the case has been enclosed in the judge’s drawers because he went on secondment to Riyadh,” she claimed. “I want my case to be resolved before I die. I want justice to be done,” she said with tears rolling down her cheeks. She said she submitted a complaint to the High Court which had ordered that a new judge be appointed to finalize the matter. “But to my bad luck, the judge started from square one. He ordered that a new assessment be conducted of the buildings and land I inherited, which is a time-consuming process.” She asked why the new judge had to do a new assessment and whether he had doubts about the work done by his fellow judge. Even though she eventually agreed to this new requirement, she was still not able to get the case moving because the defendant has not appeared in court. Chief Judge in Baha was not available for comment even after many attempts to reach him. Sadya’s son Ahmad Al-Nasser said he has decided to raise the issue with the Emirate in Baha and the Minister of Justice to help expedite the case. – Okaz/SG [rc] Source: The Saudi Gazette