Saudi convicts 22 on militant charges, sentences 1 to death

Of the 22 people convicted, the man sentenced to death was a citizen of Chad

Saudi convicts 22 on militant charges, sentences 1 to death

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Saudi court sentenced one person to death and 21 others to various jail sentences after they were convicted of a range of militant crimes, including setting up training camps and identifying oil locations to hit, state news agency SPA said on Wednesday.

Riyadh's concern about militants has increased over the past two years as conflicts in Syria and Iraq have attracted more of its own citizens to travel there to join groups fighting.

Of the 22 people convicted, the man sentenced to death was a citizen of Chad, SPA said. The rest, which included another Chadian and a someone described as Bengali, were given prison sentences of between five and 28 years.

The group was convicted of embracing militant ideology, the possession of ammunition in their apartment and firing on security services during a raid on their apartment in Mecca, killing one security officer.

In February, King Abdullah decreed long prison terms for those who travel abroad to fight or who give material or moral support to groups deemed "extremist", including al Qaeda, Syria's Nusra Front and ISIL.

The kingdom, a regional ally of the United States, has detained thousands of its own citizens and sentenced hundreds to jail after a campaign of bombings and attacks in the last decade by militants.

 

Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2014, 21:04
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