IUMS official faces 37 charges

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was placed on a "terrorism list" by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 September 2018

IUMS official faces 37 charges

  • The defendant faced 37 charges, including national destabilization and conspiracy against the state

JEDDAH: The trial of the assistant secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which is classified as a terrorist organization, began in the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday. 

The defendant faced 37 charges, including national destabilization and conspiracy against the state.

The general prosecutor’s office listed the charges, gave the defendant a copy of the list and granted him the right to appoint a defense lawyer, saying that if he cannot afford it, he will be provided one at the expense of the Justice Ministry.

On Nov. 23, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt added two organizations to their terror list: The IUMS and the International Islamic Council ‘Massaa’.


Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani’s last minutes before death: CNN

Updated 10 min 27 sec ago

Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani’s last minutes before death: CNN

  • The president spoke at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event
  • CNN said it obtained an audio recording of Trump’s remarks

PALM BEACH, Florida: US President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the US drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
The president spoke in a ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event that raised $10 million for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and for the Republican National Committee.
Reporters were not allowed in for the event. CNN said it obtained an audio recording of Trump’s remarks. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Jan. 3 killing of Soleimani at Baghdad airport prompted Iran to retaliate with missile strikes against US forces in Iraq days later and almost triggered a broad war between the two countries.
“They’re together sir,” Trump said military officials told him. “Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds. No emotion. ‘Two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. Thirty seconds. Ten, 9, 8 ...’ “
“Then all of a sudden, boom,” he said. “’They’re gone, sir. Cutting off.’“
“I said, where is this guy?” Trump continued. “That was the last I heard from him.”
It was the most detailed account that Trump has given of the drone strike, which has drawn criticism from some US lawmakers because neither the president nor his advisers have provided public information to back up their statements that Soleimani presented an “imminent” threat to Americans in the region.
CNN said that in the audio, Trump did not repeat that Soleimani was an imminent threat. Trump said Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.