13 people convicted of terrorism, jailed

13 people convicted of terrorism, jailed
Updated 14 April 2014

13 people convicted of terrorism, jailed

13 people convicted of terrorism, jailed

A criminal court in Riyadh on Sunday issued its verdicts, sentencing 13 people to varying jail terms from one to 10 years, and acquitting seven others. The men were convicted of charges of financing fighters outside the Kingdom by giving them huge amounts of money using a charitable organization as a cover, and supporting Al-Qaeda’s terrorist operations.
The public prosecutor also charged them with giving shelter to terror suspects wanted by the Saudi security authorities, collecting donations illegally, possessing weapons and ammunition, and trying to produce weapons using laser technology for application in Iraq.
The verdicts were issued in the presence of defendants and their relatives and lawyers, an official statement said. The defendant No. 1 was sentenced to seven years in prison and will not be allowed to leave the Kingdom for seven years after serving his term. Defendant No. 2 has to spend 10 years in prison and will be banned from traveling abroad for an equal number of years, the statement said.
Defendant No. 3 was sentenced to three years and will be banned from travel for three years and fined SR50,000. Defendant No. 4 was jailed for three years and fined SR80,000. He will not be allowed to travel for three years.
Defendant No. 5 was sentenced to four years, Defendant No. 6 for three years, Defendant No. 7 to five years, Defendant No. 9 to five years, Defendants No. 10, 11 and 12 to four years each, Defendant No. 14 to two years and Defendant No. 15 to one year. Defendants No. 8, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 22 were acquitted for lack evidence.