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.


Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif patronizes the military parade. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s interior minister patronized a military parade of the Hajj security forces on Monday.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, who is also the Chairman of the Higher Hajj Committee, reviewed preparations to serve the pilgrims, who are continuing to arrive in the Kingdom ahead of the annual pilgrimage. Their numbers are expected to reach the millions.
The Kingdom’s security forces are sparing no efforts to maintain a safe environment for the Hajjis.
Prince Abdulaziz affirmed the preparedness of all sectors involved in securing this year's Hajj.
The minister reviewed the special mechanisms, armored vehicles and security aviation on deployment. 
During the ceremony, Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, assistant minister of interior for operations affairs, said "the forces have begun their duties in Mecca, the holy sites, Medinah and all the outlets and roads leading to the Hajj ritual areas.
The duties of the security forces fall in line with the directives of King Salman, followed up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and under the direct supervision of the Minister of Interior.
Gen. Al-Qahtani stressed the readiness of the forces, in coordination with Saudi ministries and other bodies, to maintain the security of pilgrims and facilitate their Hajj.