By Sarah Townsend
Riyadh’s criminal court convicts over charges including possessing firearms and meeting those with 'deviant thoughts'
Riyadh’s criminal court has convicted seven people of charges including possessing firearms and meeting those with ‘deviant thoughts’.
The Specialised Criminal Court sentenced the convicted to prison and travel bans.
The first was charged with meeting those with “deviant behaviour” and possessing 50 rounds of ammunition and a machine gun without a licence. He received a seven-month prison sentence and is banned from travelling outside the kingdom for three years after he completes the sentence, according to a report in Arab News.
The second was convicted of possessing two letters belonging to one of the deviant group leaders and meeting with them. He was sentenced to 10 months in jail and also is not allowed to travel outside the kingdom for three years.
The third was convicted because he wanted to leave the country to fight in a conflict area and asked to be helped financially. He was caught in possession of materials belonging to an illegal organisation and was charged with working against the Qur’an and Sunnah. He has been jailed for one year and prevented from travelling for three years.
A fourth was sentenced to one year in prison and a three-year travel ban for travelling to Afghanistan to receive weapons training and fight there.
Two others were convicted for wanting to fight in conflict areas and being in possession of illegal material, and the seventh was jailed for four years for forgery, fined SR3,000 and banned from travelling for four years – but no information was given as the nature of the forgery.
The seven individuals have 30 days to appeal their sentences.