Seven years in jail, 10-year travel ban for Saudi Daesh supporter

Updated 26 July 2017
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Seven years in jail, 10-year travel ban for Saudi Daesh supporter

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Jeddah issued a preliminary ruling confirming the conviction of a Saudi citizen on charges including supporting the Daesh terrorist organization and its activities.
He is also facing charges of planning to travel to the conflict zone in Syria and join the terrorist organization; there, he was plotting to carry out a suicide operation.
He was also convicted of other charges that included preparing, sending and storing material that would harm the public through his tweets on the social networking site Twitter; his tweets included insults of the rulers. He also followed a number of Twitter accounts of those who agree with his extremist beliefs.
He was also in contact with two persons who urged him to join the ranks of Daesh. He was also found guilty of taking cannabis and prohibited drugs.
The court sentenced him to 10 years in prison from the date of his arrest.
The mobile device in his possession at the time of this lawsuit was confiscated.
The court ordered his Twitter account be closed in addition to preventing him from tweeting for five years after his release from prison.
The penalty also includes 70 lashes for taking cannabis, and prevents him from traveling outside the Kingdom for 10 years after his release from prison.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.