Saudi mom faces charges of attempting to join ISIS

In this June 16, 2014. file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. (AP)

A Saudi woman is standing trial amid claims she paid a Syrian fixer 33,000 SAR ($8,000) to help her and her children travel to the war torn country in 2015 and join ISIS.

The 33-year-old divorcee sat next to her brother on the front bench facing the judge at Monday’s preliminary hearing at the Riyadh court as the details were read out.

Two other suspects of Syrian nationality also attended the trial.

The Public Prosecutor accused the defendant being a sympathizer of Islamic militants, storing and exchanging information deemed prejudicial to public order via social media, bolstering the terrorist group and spreading its news, in addition to communicating with an ISIS militant who influenced her to attempt to flee to Syria to join the militants.

She has also been charged with financing terrorism after she was accused of paying 33,000 Saudi Riyal for the second defendant to help smuggle her and her children to Syria via Yemen and Turkey.

But Saudi authorities scuppered the woman’s plans after a tip off from her brother, who alerted security forces of her disappearance, suspecting she was planning to flee to Syria.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48