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Saudi Arabia jails 17 convicted of terrorism

Another 55 men accused of belonging to an Al Qaeda-affiliated group also have been sentenced to jail of up to 30 years earlier this month, while three have been sentenced to death

Saudi Arabia jails 17 convicted of terrorism
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Saudi Arabia’s Special Criminal Court has sentenced another 17 members of an outlawed terrorist group to jail, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The latest sentences are for jail terms of between nine and 33 years.

The men were convicted of embracing a deviant ideology, contacting and sheltering members of the Al Qaeda network, funding terrorist activities, illegal possession of weapons, undermining national security and forging ID documents, SPA said.

They also were accused of disobeying the country's ruler and traveling to conflict zones to take part in fighting.

A total of 67 men are on trial for similar offences.

In other sentences already handed down this month, 55 have been given jail terms of up to 30 years and three have been sentenced to death, according to local media reports. 

The SPA said the men were part of a cell that had carried out attacks in the kingdom between 2003-2006.

It said the group was “one of the most dangerous” to stand trial in the kingdom.