Saudi sentenced to 7 years in prison for communicating with Daesh official via WhatsApp

Updated 08 February 2017

Saudi sentenced to 7 years in prison for communicating with Daesh official via WhatsApp

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued a preliminary ruling on Wednesday sentencing a Saudi national to seven years in prison after proving he supports Daesh and was in contact with an official of the terrorist organization in Syria via WhatsApp.
The defendant said he wanted to join Daesh and carry out a terrorist operation against the Nasiriyah (Alawites). He was convicted of covering up for him and informing others of how to enter Syria via Turkey. He also received information on the terrorist organization via social networking apps.
The defendant was also found to have stored sound clips with statements supporting Daesh on his mobile phone, as well as photos of its fighters.
The court sentenced him to seven years in prison, starting from the date of his arrest. Five years of the sentence were based on Royal Order Number A/44 and 2 years are based on Article 6 of the anti-cybercrime regulations. The mobile phone in his possession used for the crime was seized by the court, as per Article 13 of the regulations, while his account on the social media application was closed. The court applied a seven-year travel ban, starting from the date of his release from prison.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”

 

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