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Saudi TV presenter jailed for 12yrs

Satellite channel owner used show broadcast on the internet from Egypt to claim the kingdom “made, exported” terrorism

Saudi TV presenter jailed for 12yrs

A Saudi satellite TV station owner and presenter has been jailed for 12 years for claiming that terrorism and Al Qaeda were made in and exported from the kingdom.

The unnamed media identity also was banned from leaving the country for 32 years after he was convicted of “attempting to instigate social unrest and undermining the authority of the state and its institutions”, while also receiving $1m from a suspicious source, Arab News reported.

Via a show transmitted on the internet from Egypt, the presenter had claimed the kingdom humiliated citizens and deprived them of human rights.

He was found to have rebelled against King Abdullah through the TV program.

Broadcasting the satellite show adversely affected public order in the kingdom, the court ruled.

The presenter already is serving a five-year jail term for failing to meet financial obligations and has been banned from appearing in the media, it was reported.

He has 30 days to appeal the verdict.

Saudi Arabia recently introduced new anti-terrorism legislation, which came into effect on February 1. It has been criticised by human rights groups as giving authorities the power to arrest and detail those who express opinions against the kingdom’s rulers.

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