Saudi man in prison for writing poems hailing ISIS

He was also charged with purchasing weapons and ammunition without a license. (Shutterstock)

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh has issued a preliminary jail sentence and imposed a travel ban on a Saudi man accused of writing pro-ISIS poems.

Charges levied on the Saudi man included adopting apostasy (Takfiri) ideology that supported ISIS and showing willingness to join the group in the conflict zones.

He was also accused of “having links with extremists to join them and disrupting the public order”.

The man was also found to have opened accounts on social media in order to have wider access to ISIS pages and communicate with them to join the group in the conflict zones. He has also saved ISIS slogans and sound clips of ISIS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi urging people to join the organization.

He was also charged with purchasing weapons and ammunition without a license.

He was sentenced with six years in jail, the confiscation of his guns and ammunition as well as his mobile phone. His email account was deactivated and he currently banned from traveling outside Saudi Arabia after he serves his six-year term.

*This article was originally published on AlArabiya.net.

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