Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran 'spies' to death

Saudi security officers are seen at a site of a terror attack in Jeddah in this July 2016 photo. (AFP file photo)
Updated 08 December 2016

Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran 'spies' to death

JEDDAH: The Saudi Specialized Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced to death 15 people convicted of spying for Iran.
The defendants were found to be members of an Iranian spy cell consisting of 32 terrorists —  30 Saudis, one Iranian and one Afghan.
They are charged with forming a spy cell and communicating with the Iranian intelligence with the intention to harm the Kingdom’s security.
The 32 defendants in the case known as the “Iranian spy cell,” because of their association with the Iranian intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, are accused of having constituted the cell in collaboration with Iranian intelligence officers and providing the latter with vital, secret information, including sensitive military secrets, which could seriously affect the security, unity and safety of the Kingdom and its armed forces.
Some accusations are: Seeking to commit acts of sabotage against vital economic interests and facilities in the country, disturbing peace and public peace, attempting to damage the unity of the community, spreading chaos and sectarianism and carrying out acts hostile to the Kingdom.
Other charges include recruitment of Saudi nationals to carry out orders that serve the interests of the Iranian intelligence and to provide it with information vital to the security of Saudi Arabia in return for cash, goods and other advantages.
The most serious charges are high treason, committing the crime of spying and collaborating with elements of the Iranian intelligence, providing intelligence about the military and security situation of the country, including the number of aircraft and military bases.
The court stressed that the judicial system gives the right to each accused to be defended, give answers and make requests by leaving long periods of time between hearing and deliberation sessions, which numbered over 160.
The court also accepted adjourning the hearing sessions for a number of defendants, upon request, for taking their school exams, for example.
Each defendant had his own, separate hearing session, to ensure he can present his case in court freely, and each could appoint the lawyer of his choice.
In the case of those unable to hire a lawyer, the court designated one at the state’s expense, in accordance with the Criminal Procedures Law.
Defendants and lawyers were allowed to meet, at the detention center, to prepare for the cases.
They were also allowed to confer during the court hearings and to decide what goes in the court transcripts, and were provided with copies of the session minutes upon their request.

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 21 September 2019

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.