Two Saudis on trial for using fake passports to join Syrian war

The suspects agreed they wanted to go to Syria, and were preparing to join the ranks of “Ahrar al-Sham” group. (Shutterstock)

Two Saudis were arrested after they attempted to flee the country to join the war in Syria, using fake passports.

Saudi Arabia’s Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution filed a lawsuit against the two on Tuesday.

The suspects are said to have contacted “smugglers” in and outside the kingdom to facilitate their travel.

They initially tried to escape to Bahrain using a fake Bahraini passport for the first suspect. But they were arrested by Saudi authorities.

Nevertheless, the suspects attempted to escape two days later but this time through Yemen. They were then arrested by Yemeni authorities and handed over to the Saudi authorities.

It was found that the first defendant had already been arrested as he tried to travel to Afghanistan. He was later released and resumed his studies.

He then decided to join the ongoing Syrian war and this is when he met the second defendant.

They both agreed they wanted to go to Syria, and were preparing to join the ranks of “Ahrar al-Sham” group via a Syrian fighter.

Saudi Arabia is trying to prevent young people from going to fight in Syria.

Many of the foreign fighters flocking to Syria to join groups like the ISIS are Arabs from the Middle East and Africa, although militants have attracted fighters from across different countries ranging from Norway to Uzbekistan.

 

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