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2 extremists thankful for successful rehabilitation

Al-AHSA: Two Saudi men have recounted how they have successfully undergone rehabilitation after being lured by extremists to take part in conflicts abroad.

Bader Al-Inizi and Abdelrahman Al-Owiti said that they recently completed a course run by the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center for Advice and Care, a local publication reported.
They have now been freed under a royal pardon issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and said it was like a triumph for all Muslims, the report stated.
The two men were speaking recently at a seminar held at King Faisal University by the Al-Ahsa Literary Club with the support of the rehabilitation center.
Those in attendance included Ibrahim Al-Mameen from the medical school of Al-Ahsa University, Ali Al-Afnan, Abdelaziz Al-Haleel and Brig. Yahia Abu Mughaidh.
Thafer Al-Shahri, head of the literary club, said Prince Mohammed center has developed a global reputation for its successful programs in counseling young people recruited by terrorist groups, particularly in countries suffering from terrorism.
Al-Mameen said the staff at the center has been tackling the problem at an intellectual level. There has been a rise in the number of young people who have joined these groups, with no downward trend in sight, he reportedly said.
Al-Haleel, social affairs specialist at the center, said more than 213 people from all over the world have visited the center to learn about its programs. He said that the center has an 85 percent success rate, with these young people not returning to terrorist groups.
It was normal that some people could not be rehabilitated, he said.

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