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Saudi judge takes bad driving personally

Saudi man cuts off judge while driving and finds himself hauled in front of court

Saudi judge takes bad driving personally

A Saudi man summoned to court this week for a driving misdemeanour was shocked after it transpired the judge ruling in his case was another driver he had cut off a few days earlier.

Amro Ali Abdo told the Saudi Gazette he had cut off another driver while heading down a busy street in Jeddah last Thursday.

Despite apologising, he was summoned to the Jeddah District Court on Monday and was surprised when the driver he cut off turned out to be the judge presiding over the case.

The case took a turn for the worse for Abdo when the judge ordered his arrest.

“He reminded me of Thursday’s incident and then called a policeman to handcuff me. I was asked to write a report about the incident and was detained for three hours,” Abdo told the Saudi Gazette.

The case was later overturned by Ibrahim Al-Salamah, chief justice of the Jeddah District Court, who apologised to Abdo for the judge’s abuse of his power.

Abdo has also been called to file a report with the Justice Ministry and the National Society for Human Rights has urged him to make a formal complaint against the judge.