Saudi, Yemeni and Pakistani jailed for joining Daesh

A militant waves the Daesh flag on a street in Mosul in this photo taken on June 23, 2014. Daesh has attracted thousands of radicals around the world, including three who were slapped jail sentences in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for joining the terrorist group. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 17 July 2017
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Saudi, Yemeni and Pakistani jailed for joining Daesh

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Sunday issued preliminary verdicts against three defendants who were found guilty of supporting and being involved in terrorist organizations.
The first defendant, a Saudi national, was found guilty of supporting Daesh and traveling to Turkey to join its ranks in Syria, as well as for meeting with a number of extremists and funding terrorism by paying transportation costs for members to travel to conflict areas. The court sentenced him to six years in prison, starting from the date of his arrest, five of which are based on Royal Decree No. 44 of 3/4/1435AH. He was also issued a travel ban for six years upon his release from prison.
The second defendant, a Yemeni, was also found guilty of supporting Daesh and carrying out some of its activities in the Kingdom, as well as for traveling to Turkey to join the organization in Syria and meeting with extremists. He was found guilty of funding terrorism by receiving a ticket to Turkey and storing it on his computer. He was also sentenced to six years in jail.
His jail sentence will be followed by his deportation from the Kingdom, the court ruled.
The third defendant, a Pakistani national, was charged with monitoring Daesh’s electronic websites, meeting with extremists, agreeing with some of them to go to Turkey to join the organization in Syria, and participating in their activities.
He was sentenced to three years in jail starting from the date of his arrest, and 80 lashes after the court also convicted him of intoxication and drug consumption.


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Madinah during maiden visit to Saudi Arabia

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Madinah during maiden visit to Saudi Arabia

  • Although bilateral relations and regional security are on the agenda of Imran Khan’s visit, a more urgent priority will be a possible economic bailout package from the KSA
  • The prime minister will call on King Salman and hold a bilateral meeting with the crown prince, said the Pakistan Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, beginning the initial leg of his first foreign tour since taking office in August.
The premier was welcomed at Madinah Airport by the Governor of Madinah, Faisal bin Salman, Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hasham bin Saddique, and other members of the Pakistani consulate.
Khan, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, is also scheduled to perform Umrah during his two-day stay in Saudi Arabia.
“The prime minister will call on His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz and hold a bilateral meeting with the crown prince (His Royal Highness Mohammad Bin Salman). The king will also host a state banquet for the prime minister at the Royal Court. Accompanying ministers will also meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation,” reads a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, will also call on the PM during his visit.
Although bilateral relations and the regional security situation are on the agenda of Khan’s visit, a more pertinent, urgent priority will be a possible economic bailout package sought from Saudi Arabia by the new Pakistani Government.
In 2014, six months after Pakistan obtained its last IMF bailout, Saudi Arabia loaned Pakistan $1.5 billion, which the government used to strengthen its currency. Pakistan’s current account deficit increased to 43 percent ($18 billion) in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Analysts, however, told Reuters that a fresh bailout package from the IMF, which would be Pakistan’s 13th since the late 1980s, is inevitable.
While the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Government has been debating several options to plug the hole in Pakistan’s rapidly draining foreign exchange reserves, it is also avidly trying to seek financial assistance from allied countries (including Saudi Arabia, China and the UAE) as opposed to going to the IMF.
Before the visit, Finance Minister Asad Umar said that IMF assistance would remain a “fallback option.”