Al-Qaeda 'strategist' gets death sentence in Saudi Arabia

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Saudi Arab
Thursday, 03 April 2014

saudi forceskilledA Saudi court has sentenced to death the “chief strategist” of a wave of al-Qaeda violence that erupted in Saudi Arabia in 2003.
Faris al-Zahrani had been in custody ever since his detention near the Yemeni border

in 2004, Saudi-based Al-Madina daily reported on its website on Wednesday.
Reporting on the development however, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), gave neither his name nor the date of his arrest in the southwestern city of Abha, saying only that he had shown no remorse while in custody.
The trial, in which 16 co-defendants were also sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years, was the latest in a series of prosecutions that begun in July 2011 for alleged offences committed during the peak of al-Qaeda violence in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2006.
The Saudi regime is widely believed to be the top sponsor of al-Qaeda-linked terrorism outside of its borders, especially in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, where the despotic monarchy seeks to exert more influence.
Throughout his trial, the chief defendant continued to defy the authority of the state and to defend the killing of security personnel as an act justified by his faith, SPA reported.
He showed every sign that if released he would continue to propagate his ideas, it added.
According to the report, the co-accused, whose identity and arrest dates were not specified, were convicted of charges, including “arms possession, participation in acts of terror, forging of official documents and assisting terrorists.”
Saudi authorities, the report notes, launched a “massive crackdown” on the so-called “jihadist” network over the past decade that prompted many of its militants to shift base to neighboring Yemen.

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