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Saudi court jails 17 for seeking to fight in Iraq

Saudi court jails 17 for seeking to fight in Iraq

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the 17 were were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 2-1/2 years to 26 years.



A Saudi Arabian court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years on Monday for seeking to fight in Iraq and funding jihadists, official media reported, part of a security crackdown in which scores have been imprisoned in recent weeks.

Worried about potential threats from citizens who have travelled to join jihadists in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia has banned them from fighting abroad, donating money to any faction or sympathising with jihadist ideologies.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the 17 were were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 2-1/2 years to 26 years.

The men were charged with following jihadist ideology, disobeying the country's leadership by planning to fight in Iraq, coordinating the travel of some "misled" members of society and trying to turn public opinion against the state.

The SPA report said one of the 17 was Senegalese, but did not state the nationality of the rest.

Saudi Arabia has detained thousands since 2003 over security offences, jailing hundreds of them.

 



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