Trial begins of Daesh member accused of killing 2 bank employees

Updated 20 March 2017
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Trial begins of Daesh member accused of killing 2 bank employees

JEDDAH: The Riyadh Specialized Criminal Court on Sunday began the first hearing session of a suspected terrorist accused of killing two bank employees in Jazan during an attack in October 2015.
The public prosecutor introduced the charges against the defendant before the court. The charges include deliberately killing two people; supporting Daesh; describing the security men as unbelievers and accusing them of apostasy; following up on news of Daesh, and watching their videos while being influenced by them. He is also accused of smoking hashish.
The defendant is accused of killing two bank employees and injuring three others with minor to severe injuries, while bank customers managed to escape when they heard the shooting.
Eyewitnesses said the defendant was heard swearing and cursing the employees.
Jazan police received a report stating that a bank in Jazan was being robbed by a person carrying a gun and who was shooting at the bank’s staff and clients.
Police surrounded the bank and called on the defendant to surrender, but he began shooting at the security members. Police responded by arresting him and freeing a hostage that he had taken.
Further interrogations and investigation revealed he was affiliated with Daesh and supported their deviant thoughts.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.