Middle East

15-year sentence for 2012 Qatif rioter who instigated violence and trained in Iraq

Author: MOHAMMED AL-SULAMIWed, 2017-12-06 04:19ID: 1512512470007630400

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced a Saudi to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of participating in riots in 2012 by attending demonstrations and rallies contrary to public order in the city of Al-Awamiya in Qatif province.
The charges include repeating slogans hostile to the state in order to disturb the security, and inciting some of his relatives to these acts by sending and resending messages from his personal BlackBerry to all his addressees, including warning of the presence of security men in some places for fear of arrest.
He was also found guilty of confronting security authorities and threatening to carry out terrorist acts during the execution of a person sentenced to death in a security case; not informing police about his knowledge that one of his relatives and another person were trading arms without a license, and that his relative was carrying an unlicensed machine gun and gun.
The defendant declined to inform police about his knowledge that one of his relatives was communicating with others via the Zello application to follow the movements of security and foreign vehicles entering Al-Awamiyah to target the security forces. The defendant traveled to Iran and then entered Iraq and joined training camps where he was trained for three days to unpack and install weapons.
Among the charges were supporting terrorism by receiving the amount of SR1,500 ($400) from a relative before traveling to help him travel, and possession of a gun without a license in defense of himself after a group of masked people attempted to kidnap him.
Having taken into account the provisions of the regulations and instructions concerning the prosecution of juveniles, the Court sentenced the defendant to 15 years in prison starting from the date of arrest in this case.
The court also decided that his BlackBerry phone should be confiscated and that he should be prevented from traveling outside the Kingdom for a period similar to the prison sentence imposed after the end of the sentence and his release from prison.

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