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Saudi Arabia: Egyptians on Trial for Assassination Attempts Near Makkah

Saudi Arabia: Egyptians on Trial for Assassination Attempts Near Makkah

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 - 14:30

Saudi Arabia's Attorney General requested the maximum penalty for two Egyptian nationals for plotting the assassinations of some Arab leaders, as well as military officers, during their visits to the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

The two defendants belong to al-Qaeda terrorist organization and Muslim Brotherhood, both on Saudi Arabia's list of terrorism. They exploited their job sites and direct interactions with some Arab officials and guests, given that they used to work in a hotel in Makkah and one of them occupied the position of manager of the hotel's internal supervision department.

The indictment included the defendants participation in several training on using weapons, archery and explosives during their journey to Egypt before they returned to Saudi Arabia.

The first defendant was accused of plotting to target officials and military leaders of Arab countries, planning and attempting to assassinate a number of foreigners in a hotel in Jeddah, and planning to steal weapons belonging to VIPs who are frequent guests at the hotel to be used in the assassination of important national and foreign figures.

He was also accused of purchasing chemicals for the purpose of manufacturing weapons to be used in terrorist operations inside the country. He was also found guilty of smuggling an external hard drive to Saudi Arabia containing lessons on the preparation and manufacture of explosives.

The indictment of the second defendant included his attempt to target an Arab official while he was near the Holy Mosque in Makkah. He was also linked to a person currently detained by the Egyptian security services known for his deviant tendencies.

The Saudi Public Prosecution demanded the maximum sentence in accordance with the 2014 royal decree stating anyone involved in hostilities in the country in any form and belonged to extremists or religious groups should be imprisoned for 3 to 20 years. In addition, anyone who expresses their sympathies by any means, provide any form of material or moral support to them, or promote such groups whether in writing or speech will also be imprisoned.

Prosecutors demanded the two Egyptians be sentenced to severe punishment for their charges and deported from the country after their sentence has been completed.

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