Saudi court jails national, Yemeni and Pakistani for joining ISIL

The ruling comes days after the kingdom executed four nationals for terrorism offences



Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh has reportedly issued preliminary verdicts against three men for supporting ISIL (Daesh).

Arab News reports that the first defendant, a Saudi national, was found guilty of supporting Daesh and travelling to Turkey to join it in Syria, meeting with extremists and paying transportation costs for members to conflict areas.

He was sentenced to six years in prison starting from the day of his arrest and will face a six-year travel ban upon his release.

The second, a Yemeni, was found guilty of supporting Daesh and carrying out terrorist activities in the kingdom, travelling to Turkey to join the organisation in Syria and meeting extremists.

He was found guilty of funding terrorism by receiving a ticket in Turkey and storing it on his computer and was sentenced to six years in jail followed by deportation.

The third man, a Pakistani was charged with monitoring Daesh websites, meeting with extremists and agreeing to go to Syria to join the organisation and participate in its activities.

He was sentenced to three years in jail and 80 lashes and also faces separate convictions for intoxication and drug consumption.

The ruling comes days after the kingdom executed four nationals for terrorism offences in restive Qatif Province.

Read: Saudi executes four nationals for terrorist acts in restive Qatif

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