Saudi Arabia

20 years imprisonment and up to SR 1m fine for disclosing classified information

Anyone found guilty of disseminating and disclosing confidential information and documents in Saudi Arabia will face a fine of up to SR 1 million and 20 years in prison, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Public Prosecution issued a circular in this regard, warning of dissemination or disclosure of confidentially classified information and documents, considering it a punishable major crime.

Any person found guilty and convicted of circulating or disclosing secret information and documents in the kingdom will be punished with a sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to SR 1 million, the Public Prosecution said in the circular.

The penalty comes in line with the kingdom’s Penal Law on Dissemination and Disclosure of Classified Information and Documents.


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