Terror cell members sentenced to death in KSA ‘for conspiring with Iran’

The interior of the Saudi Arabian Specialized Criminal Court can be seen in this file photo. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Updated 07 June 2018
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Terror cell members sentenced to death in KSA ‘for conspiring with Iran’

  • The four were convicted of a string of terror offences
  • All crimes were connected to Iran's Revolutionary Guard

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court has issued preliminary death sentences against four people who formed a terrorist cell to communicate with Iran and receive training in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps camps. 

Training included the use of weapons, explosives, street fighting and camouflage to mislead security authorities.

The cell recruited people and facilitated their trips to Iran through a tourism office owned by one of the cell members. Recruits then joined the training camps where they were taught about weapons, explosives and military sciences.

They also set plans to form terrorist cells inside the Kingdom to disturb its unity and stability.

The cells assembled explosives to detonate them inside the Kingdom and plotted to assassinate some prominent figures.

The decision was made unanimously by the three judges of the Judicial Branch. They also ordered the closing of the tourism office and the withdrawal of its license.

The defendants were made aware of their right to appeal the decision within 30 days from the day of the receipt. If they do not, the verdicts shall be final and enforceable.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.