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Prosecution: Saudi Woman Faces Punishment over Asir Mosque Suicide Bombing

Prosecution: Saudi Woman Faces Punishment over Asir Mosque Suicide Bombing

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 10:45

Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution demanded that discretionary punishment is given to a Saudi woman for supporting the terror group ISIS and for covering her husband’s involvement.

She is accused of accompanying her husband from Riyadh to the Asir region in southwestern Saudi Arabia, a trip linked to the attack which killed 11 security personnel, 4 Asian nationals and injured 33 others.

Public Prosecution charged her with carrying an explosive belt, in the company of her husband, from Riyadh to Asir.

A suicide bomber used the belt and blew himself up in the mosque of the Saudi Special Emergency Forces in Abha in 2015.

The defendant is also accused of covering for her husband, who hid terror suspects at home, collected money for the terrorist group and traveled to war zones in Syria.

The investigation revealed that the woman hid the explosive belt under her feet to evade the police, during the 1000 km-long trip from Riyadh to Asir.

More so, the Saudi defendant is accused of exploiting her position as a woman for hiding and transporting the explosive belt.

The prosecutor also said that the convict was aware of her husband's travel to Syria to participate in fighting there and knowingly covered up for him, and decidedly chose not to inform security authorities.

She is also accused of sheltering terror suspects.

The convicted woman escaped with her husband from their home in Al-Munisiya neighborhood in Riyadh, where they were living with two non-family ISIS members-- Ahmad Saeed Jaber al-Zahrani, 21, and Mohammed Saeed Jaber al-Zahrani, 19.

At the residence they escaped, $5,500 in cash, heavy and light weapons, 5 hand grenades, and sketches of target sites were seized.

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