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Five Saudi men jailed for terrorism

Sentences of 3-17 years handed down for crimes including promoting terrorism on social media, helping smuggle out militia fighters

Five Saudi men jailed for terrorism
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Five Saudi men have been sentenced to jail on terrorism charges, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The most severe sentenced - 17 years in jail and a SR60,000 ($16,000) fine – was handed down to a man convicted of promoting terrorism on social media, bribery and offending the kingdom's leaders and religious scholars, the daily said.

A second man, convicted of identity theft, threatening to kill himself during his arrest and travelling to another Gulf country with the intention of committing terrorist acts, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined SR5,000.

Two others convicted of attempting to travel to Afghanistan to join terrorist organisations were jailed for less than three years, Saudi Gazette said.

The fifth was convicted of helping to smuggle people with travel bans out of the kingdom so they could fight in Syria.

The sentences were handed down by the Criminal Court in Jeddah.