11 Saudis jailed for 'anti-gov't activities'

The sentences ranged from 4 to 18yrs for crimes including issuing religious rulings against the country’s leaders & luring people to fight in combat zones abroad
11 Saudis jailed for 'anti-gov't activities'
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By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 17 Aug 2014 05:03 PM

Eleven people in Saudi Arabia have been sentenced to prison terms of between four and 18 years for their involvement in anti-government activities, Arab News reported.

The defendants were convicted of issuing religious rulings against the country’s leaders, luring people to fight in combat zones abroad, training on weaponry, learning how to use explosives with the aim of launching suicide attacks, forgery of travel documents and money laundering.

They were sentenced by the kingdom’s special terrorism court, set-up in 2008 to run trials for those accused of security-related crimes.

The Court of Appeals in Riyadh upheld the verdicts, Arab News said.

The sentence also imposes a travel ban equal to the prison term, to be implemented upon their release.

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