Trial begins of 4 Saudis linked to Hezbollah terror cell

People watch Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as he appears on a screen during a live broadcast to speak to his supporters in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, on May 25, 2017. The group has been accused as a terrorist organization and a tentacle of the Iranian regime. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Trial begins of 4 Saudis linked to Hezbollah terror cell

JEDDAH: The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Thursday began the trial of a terrorist cell of four Saudis linked to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.
The court’s first session revealed that three of the cell members coordinated with a wanted fugitive in Iran.
They were convicted of joining a Hezbollah training camp to manufacture and deploy C4 and TNT explosives for use in the Kingdom.
Their aim was to cause chaos, target security men, smuggle guns into Saudi Arabia, finance terrorism via an organized gang, and smuggle fugitives from the Kingdom to Iran by sea.
The prosecutor called for the death penalty. Failing that, he demanded the most severe punishment (imprisonment and financial penalty) for having violated border security and many other regulations.
Kalashnikov rifles, bullets, machine guns and money were seized. The convicts are banned from traveling.


FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC
Updated 20 May 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

  • Koshak was appointed in January 2017
  • Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU

Inspired by Vision 2030, the goal of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship is to promote entrepreneurial activities and ecosystems in the Kingdom.

It is Saudi Arabia’s first institute of higher learning specializing in leadership and entrepreneurial development. Established in 2016, the MBSC is located at the King Abdullah Economic City near Jeddah. 

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC. He was appointed in January 2017. He is the former president of Al-Baha University and the former vice president for Business and Innovation of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU).

Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU, and the former chairman of the board of directors of Transportation and Crowd Management Innovation Center.

He is also the co-founder and former general supervisor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at UQU, and the co-founder and the vice chairman of the board of directors of Wadi Makkah Co., a platform for launching startup companies in various sectors.

Koshak received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UQU in Makkah in 1993, and his master’s degree from Colorado Denver University in 1997. He also has a Ph.D. in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. 

He joined Harvard’s executive education programs in Development Finance Program (2014). 

Koshak is a member of the board of directors of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), a member of the executive committee of King Faisal International Prize, and a member of the board of directors of Oqal (Angel Investors Network) Jeddah branch.