5,080 people charged with terrorism

Five thousand and eighty people have been charged with terrorism-related crimes and 1,612 of them sentenced to several years in prison by a Saudi court, the Ministry of Interior announced Saturday; Kazinform refers to Arab News. “The fair judicial process in these cases reflects the Kingdom’s resolve to root out terrorism from its soil, and it also reflects the strong pledge made by Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif to eliminate this evil,” said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, adding that those convicted belonged to “deviant groups’ and were involved in “terror acts or in inciting terrorist acts.” Commenting on the reports released by the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP), Al-Turki said another 2,215 cases of suspects have been sent to court for trial. Six hundred and sixteen cases are still under investigation, he added. He made it clear that all suspects were given their rights and all government agencies safeguarded their interests within the framework of the rules and regulations of the Kingdom. To this end, he noted that 5,831 people have also been released in a staggered schedule in the past after they were found innocent. “A total of 184 people were released in the last three months alone,” said Al-Turki. Saudi Arabia last year released a list of 85 of its most-wanted terrorists. Eighty-three of the individuals are Saudi nationals; the other two are Yemenis.

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