Shoura lauds people for maintaining unity

Updated 26 May 2015
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Shoura lauds people for maintaining unity

RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced the terrorist act committed by a citizen in an Al-Qadeeh mosque in Qatif, which resulted in the death of 21 worshippers and injuries to over 100.
In a statement at its 41st ordinary session, chaired by Amin Al-Jaafri, the council expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and asked Allah Almighty to bestow quick recovery to the injured.
“This cowardly terrorist act, which has saddened the hearts of all people, was carried out by those … who have sold themselves to the devil and whose attitudes were betting on the enemies of Islam,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the house lauded the national spirit shown by the sons of Al-Qadeeh and Qatif. The house felt that the perpetrators wanted to create a rift between sects, but instead the incident brought people together under one umbrella on a common understanding against terrorist actions.
Council members appreciated the stance of scholars and citizens across the Kingdom over their denouncement of this terrorist act and their adherence to national unity.
They also appreciated the quick response of security forces to the incident and the timely report of the details of the terrorist act which, they said, contributed a great deal to eliminating malicious rumors and demonstrated the vigilance of security forces.
The council expressed full support for all measures taken by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in the fight against and eradication of terrorism in a way that will preserve security and stability of the Kingdom, and protect the Saudi youth from deviant ideas.


Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

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Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

JEDDAH: Two suspects facing 12 terror-related charges are on trial in a Riyadh-based court, Okaz newspaper reported.
The suspects are on trial for recording a voice message where they imitated the voices of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an effort to criticize the local Abha Tourism Festival.
The first suspect is facing eight charges, including supporting terror groups Al-Nusra Front and Daesh.
The suspect is accused of preparing, sending and storing items deemed harmful to public order and morals. He was also communicating with a member of Daesh in Syria, the newspaper added.
He appears to follow social media accounts affiliated with Daesh, in addition to disseminating information and publications by the terror group via Twitter and Telegram and WhatsApp to his friends, including the second suspect, whom he had shared Daesh-related videos with.
The second suspect is facing four charges, including meeting the first suspect, inciting him to support terror groups, and harboring him from security forces.
He is also accused of disturbing public order by taking part in a voice message that criticized the Abha festival, by sending it via WhatsApp to a number of friends.