Six jailed for plotting to kill police officer

A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.

A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.

Charges include branding others infidels, issuing religious rulings encouraging dissidence, traveling to Yemen or other conflict zones to joint militants in battle and forging documents.

The first defendant, who was charged with plotting to murder several police officers with the second defendant and planning to opening a terror camp in Sudan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a travel ban equal to his prison term following his release.

The second defendant, meanwhile, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and a travel ban equal to his prison term after being found guilty of similar charges, such as propagating the belief that fighting in places of civil war was a binding duty on so-called believers. The second defendant had also provided refuge for the first defendant and sent money to other militants.

He was also found to be in possession of banned electronic material supporting Al-Qaeda.

The Omani terror suspect will spend seven-and-a-half years in prison for sending SR10,000 in financial aid to terror fighters in Iraq and also possessing banned material on Al-Qaeda, including videos and photos.

The defendant was also found to guilty of being in possession of a machine gun and training others on how to use it.

The man will be deported from the Kingdom following his release from prison.

The fourth defendant was sentenced to 16 years for opposing and criticizing the Kingdom’s policies, in addition to other general charges.

He also used to send money to youth who had joined terrorist fighters in other countries, in addition to circulating terrorist literature, including photos and videos of Al-Qaeda.

The fifth defendant was handed a five-year prison term for being an accomplice in terror-related activities, while the sixth defendant, also an Al-Qaeda supporter, got the lightest sentence of three years for harboring the first defendant knowing he was wanted by authorities.

 
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