A special security court has issued 2,145 jail sentences for “supporting terrorism” since it was formed four and a half years ago, according to the Justice Ministry.
The Specialized Criminal Court often tries suspects accused of affiliation with Al-Qaeda's local branch, which operates in the region.
Spokesman Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Bakran told reporters that the Specialized Criminal Court has already ruled in 1,080 cases and is still looking into another 419 cases that involve 2,800 suspects.
The general prosecutor, however, demanded death sentences in all the cases against Al-Qaeda defendants but the court didn't issue any death penalty. All defendants were either handed jail terms or deported if they were foreigners.