By Courtney Trenwith
Protester jailed for firing weapon at security vehicles, burning tyres, chanting anti-gov’t slogans
An anti-government protester in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 30 years’ jail and fined SR150,000 ($40,000), according to the Saudi Gazette.
The man, whose name and nationality were not reported, was convicted in the Special Penal Court in Riyadh of wielding a pistol and machine-gun and firing at armoured security vehicles during two demonstrations.
The dates of the demonstrations were not reported. The most recent protests were in November when scores of expatriates rallied in a poor suburb of Riyadh against the kingdom’s push to remove hundreds of thousands of illegal workers. Two people died during the protests.
He and other protesters also threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, burnt tyres to block security personnel and smashed cars and armoured security vehicles while chanting slogans against the state, according to the court.
He also has been banned from travelling outside the kingdom for 30 years.
He has 30 days to appeal.
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