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Saudi Arabia Convicts 38 for Financing Terrorism

Saudi Arabia Convicts 38 for Financing Terrorism

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019 - 18:15
A view of the Saudi capital Riyadh. (AFP)

A Saudi court has convicted 38 people of financing terrorism, handing out sentences ranging from 30 months to 25 years, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported on Tuesday.

The TV channel said one of those sentenced had set up a terrorist organization while in prison and others had committed takfir - labelling followers as non-believers - against the Saudi government, clerics and security forces.

Ekhbariya did not give the nationalities or names of those convicted out of the 41 people in total on trial, nor did the TV channel provide details about when they were arrested.

It said the specialist criminal court in Riyadh, which was set up to try terrorism cases, sentenced one man to 25 years, another to 20 years and a third to 15 years. The rest received sentences ranging from 2-1/2 years to 12-1/2 years.

The convictions can be appealed.

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