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Saudi man gets 15 years jail after attempting to aid Israel

By Mason White 1:51 PM July 12, 2013
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By: David Ross
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of attempting to aid Israel, according to court proceedings in Saudi Arabia. Now, the man was sentenced to 15 years jail. The judge rejected the prosecutor’s demand to sentence the man to execution.

A Special Criminal Court in Jeddah sentenced 21 defendants, who were accused of terrorism-related charges, to different terms of imprisonment over the past two weeks.

One defendant, who was convicted of attempted spying for Israel, was given 15 years in prison and a travel ban for a similar period after serving the jail time. The defendant was convicted of informing the security guards at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan about his willingness to expand cooperation with them and pass them the information they wanted to know about Saudi Arabia. The judge rejected the prosecutor’s request for the death penalty.

The court sentenced another defendant to eight years in prison after being found guilty of assembling eight petrol bombs and throwing two at a foreign embassy in the Saudi Kingdom. Six others were convicted of attempting to undermine the security of the country.

The court sentenced three defendants, who were found guilty of buying and selling weapon, as well as working as sales agents for weapons without a license. They were convicted of encouraging people to buy guns over the Internet and having contact with arms dealers, in order to use the guns against security officers during demonstrations and protests in the region of Qatif.

The court handed down a seven-year prison term to another defendant, who was convicted of leaving the battle zone in Iraq without the permission of the rulers, and for providing unauthorized training on the use of Kalashnikov rifles and other weapons.

Another Saudi man was found guilty of accepting a deviant ideology and inciting young people to go to Iraq to fight. He was jailed for 15 years.

Two other defendants, who were convicted of embracing deviant ideology and supporting Al-Qaeda, were each given five years in prison.