Saudi gets 27 years in prison for terrorist offenses

Updated 01 March 2017

Saudi gets 27 years in prison for terrorist offenses

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court delivered a preliminary sentence of 27 years in prison for a Saudi found guilty of corruption and security breach by joining a terrorist gang, and involvement in attacks on security headquarters and police patrols. 
The accusations included colluding with another criminal, and storing and sending items to undermine public order via the social networking app WhatsApp. He also used the app to spread time schedules and locations of gatherings among two groups to promote riots in Awamiyya.
He was found guilty of participating in riots in Qatif Governorate, and of statements against the leaderships of the Kingdom and another Gulf state. He was also accused of carrying photographs of people arrested in security cases. The Saudi was also charged with using slogans that promote sectarian strife and division, and harboring participants in these crimes.
The court sentenced him to prison for 27 years from the date he was arrested. Three years of this sentence are based on Article 6 of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, and 12 years are based on Article 15 of the Explosives and Bomb Disposal Law. After he completes his sentence, he is banned from leaving the country for 27 years.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.