Saudi sentenced 7 years in prison for entering Syria, joining Al-Nusra

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued a preliminary verdict Thursday of seven years in prison against a Saudi national after being found guilty of traveling to conflict zones in Syria, and joining Al-Nusra Front and a other terrorist groups. He also was convicted of receiving training in their camps on the use of weapons.

He was also found guilty of coordinating with his brother to travel to Syria and join the fighting there.

In addition, he was convicted of producing, sending and storing materials that aimed to destabilize public order by communicating on the social networking site Twitter with a suspicious individual on the Web. He also acquired the telephone number of a coordinating facilitator in Turkey with the intention of traveling there and participating in the fighting in the country. He was also found guilty of storing videos of Daesh.

The court sentenced him to seven years in prison, effective from the date of his detention, of which, one year is according to Article 6 of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, and to confiscate two memory cards and audio devices found in his possession. He will also be prohibited from writing on social media.

The court banned him from traveling outside the Kingdom for a period similar to his sentence, effective from the date of the end of his prison term.


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