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.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 11 min 53 sec ago
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.