Man who plotted to kill Saudi grand mufti gets 16-year sentence

The court also ruled that the defendant be banned from travel and be subjected to 40 lashes. (File photo: Reuters)

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh has sentenced a terrorist, convicted of plotting to assassinate Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Asheikh, to 16 years in jail.

The court also ruled that the defendant be banned from travel and be subjected to 40 lashes.

The judge found the defendant guilty of 13 charges. They included embracing the takfirist (labeling others as infidels) ideology, joining al-Qaeda, recruiting militants to assassinate the Grand Mufti and a number of prominent scholars, leaders and officials of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, recruiting militants to storm into the Bureau of Investigation’s jails to release detainees, plotting to carry out blasts at the oil installations, and taking part in battle in Iraq.

The judge issued directives to facilitate psychiatric treatment for the man.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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