Trial of 10-member terror group begins in Riyadh

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh.
Updated 06 February 2018
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Trial of 10-member terror group begins in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh on Monday began the trial of eight Saudis and two Yemenis who planned terror attacks targeting police centers.
The public prosecutor leveled 63 charges against the terror group, including adoption of a takfiri approach, being a member of the Daesh terrorist group, pledging loyalty to Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and targeting a security patrol to kill security men in Laban district in Riyadh by opening fire at them with a machine gun, which resulted in serious injury, fleeing the scene and attempting to leave the country illegally.
The charges against the terror group included the purchase of weapons and drugs and the use of narcotic drugs.
The sixth defendant, a Saudi security man, faced six charges, notably his concealment of the first defendant who was accused of opening fire at the security men, and meeting with the first defendant at King Khalid International Airport, and showing dishonesty in his job by assisting him with his knowledge.
The prosecutor also leveled charges of concealment and smuggling of persons against the two Yemenis and their coordination of the exit of the first defendant to Yemen illegally for money.
The prosecutor asked the judge to sentence the leader of the terror group to death and issue strict penalties on other defendants according to the crimes that they had committed. The prosecutor asked the judge to ban all the defendants from travel abroad, with the exception of the seventh and eighth defendants, who will be deported.


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King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to leave the United States within the hour for a trip to the Kingdom to meet with King Salman, and will travel to other places as necessary, according to the US president.