Fourteen convicted for terror-related crimes

August 18, 2014

A specialized criminal court in Riyadh today sentences fourteen out of a 50-member terrorist cell in Saudi Arabia for their involvement in several terror-related crimes, including murder and planned attacks on the British and U.S. embassies in Riyadh. The punishment handed down ranged from four years prison sentence to death.

The defendants were charged with murder, abduction, car bombings, bombing government buildings and residential compounds, planning attacks on the U.S. and British embassies in Riyadh, plotting to murder a senior government official and senior security officers, smuggling heavy weapons from Iraq, setting private vehicles owned by security men ablaze, impersonating security officers, disobeying the country's leader, travelling to war-stricken areas abroad, firing at security men, and several other crimes.

The court sentenced one defendant to death and the others given imprisonment sentences ranging from four to 30 years.  The court session was attended by senior judges, general prosecutor, a representative of the human rights commission, the press and defense attorneys.  The court accepted pleas from two defendants for given extra time to submit additional evidences.  The defendants were given 30 days to appeal their convictions.

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