2,145 jail sentences issued for terrorism by security court

Updated 05 May 2013
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2,145 jail sentences issued for terrorism by security court

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.


Program launched to empower young Saudis

Saudi men attend a technical education evening class at an electrical workshop as part of a pioneering programme for extending skills in Riyadh, in this file photo taken on May 2, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Program launched to empower young Saudis

  • Saudi nationals will be trained by the company to work at one of its specialized facilities and deliver Alfanar products to its customers
  • The pioneering program goes hand-in-hand with the ministerial decision to nationalize the sales in 12 economic sectors

RIYADH: A pioneering program to train Saudis to work in the electrical sector so that they can eventually replace expat workers has been launched by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
The ministry launched the program in cooperation with Alfanar group in Riyadh as part of its effort to empower young Saudis by providing them with more private sector job openings.
According to the agreement, Saudi nationals will be trained by the company to work at one of its specialized facilities and deliver Alfanar products to its customers.
As well as offering job opportunities, the program has been designed to help the company overcome the lack of qualified candidates through designing specialized training programs. The pioneering program goes hand-in-hand with the ministerial decision to nationalize the sales in 12 economic sectors.
“The partnership between the Ministry of Labor and Alfanar is an example for other large companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Kingdom,” Abdul Salam Al-Tuwaijri, director for nationalization of the commercial sector, said on Monday.
Making a strong pitch on the nationalization of this sector, Al-Tuwaijri stressed the importance of this sector to help replace expatriate workers with Saudi men and women.