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.


Saudia boss issues tribute to cabin crew killed in Sri Lanka bomb attacks

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Saudia boss issues tribute to cabin crew killed in Sri Lanka bomb attacks

  • The airline announced on Monday that the two cabin crew had been killed in the attacks
  • The death toll in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday and includes many nationalities

DUBAI: The director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines has paid tribute to the two cabin crew who were killed in Sunday’s terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

Cabin manager, Ahmed Zain Jaafari, steward Hani Maged Othman, were in one of the hotels when one of the attackers detonated his device on Sunday - a third crew member was slightly injured.

The two were initially unaccounted for, but on Monday night the airline released a statement confirming they had died.

In a statement issued to the airline’s staff and on the Twitter account on Tuesday, director general Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser praised the two for their service to the company and country.

“Myself, the entire management team and all of the team members of Saudi Arabia Airlines are with very heavy hearts, filled with deep sorrow as the airline confirms that two of its cabin crew members have passed away in the explosions which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka,” Al-Jasser said in the statement.

“Each have a long tenure supporting the airline. These two gentlemen whole-heartedly served their country and SAUDIA with great pride and loyalty. All of us mourn for Ahmed and Hani, who are our brothers for eternity and our hearts are filled with pain for the indescribable loss that their families are facing.”