Saudi Arabia is one of the largest oil producing countries in the world and its economy is totally dependable on oil reserves. Due to this fact, it attracts many workers from underdeveloped countries of the world to work in Saudi Arabia and earn large amount against their services. Many expatriates from Pakistan and other Muslim countries of the world also visit Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah. Thus, if any expatriate dies in Saudi Arabia of road accident, murdered or during job, his family members should claim death compensation, either from the person who is accused of the deceased person’s death or from the sponsor.
Sponsor is responsible to deposit end of service benefits to the Ministry of Labor before burying the body of his employee and the Ministry of Labor transfer it to the embassy of his home country. If the sponsor is not agree to give away deposit end of service benefits to the family of deceased person, they should have to file a case against him in Saudi Labor Courts.
About Blood Money
According to the Islamic rules, if someone died an unnatural death by any other whether intentionally or accidently, he will either have to face death execution or to give money against the blood of died person to his/her family members if they agree on it. The Saudi Governments has set the amount of blood money recently according to which, SR 300,000 has been set for unintentional cases while SR 400,000 for murder cases has been set.
Procedure Of Death Compensation
Contact Embassy of Your Country in Riyadh
Firstly, you should have to contact the embassy of your home country in Riyadh, if any of your family member is died in Saudi Arabia. It would be suitable for you if any of your family member is in Saudi Arabia but if not, you should contact them on phone or visit foreign office of your home country. They will definitely tell you to adopt the below given procedure.
Legal Heirs Certificate
It is necessary for the legal heirs of the dead person to submit the legal heir’s certificate to the embassy of their home country based in Riyadh. Judge or District Magistrate of your home country have the authority to release this kind of certificate. The names of all the family members of the deceased person should be mentioned in that certificate. Legal Heir’s Certificate must be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Home Department of the State and Saudi Embassy in your home country.
Power Of Attorney
You must have to give power of attorney to someone who will be responsible for the proceedings of the court. The person must be a family member or relative of the deceased person. Another suitable way is that you can assign embassy of your home country for the legal proceedings of the court. The power of attorney must have to be attested by again the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Home Department of the State and Saudi Embassy in your home country.
Legal heir’s certificate and power of attorney must be translated in both the Arabic and English language, however originals are also required. Both of them must be attested by the below given 3 authorities in your home country.
- Firstly, provincial or local government of your home country will attest both the documents.
- Secondly, the documents should be attested by the Foreign Office of your home country.
- Finally, Saudi Embassy in your home country will attest both the documents.
After completing the procedure of attestation from all the 3 authorities, now you should have to submit the documents to the embassy of your home country based in Riyadh. The embassy of your home country will handle all the procedure of dues on your behalf. However, it is not guaranteed that your embassy will be successful to win the case or not.