​Saudi militant jailed for 16 years over murder plot

December 12, 2013 - 6:15:28 am

RIYADH: A Saudi court has jailed an Al Qaeda-linked militant for 16 years for plotting to kill the kingdom’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Sheikh, and other clerics, media said yesterday.

The sentence, which includes 40 lashes and a 16-year travel ban, was handed down on Tuesday by a court in Riyadh specialising in terrorism cases, the local Okaz daily reported.According to Okaz, the jihadist was convicted of “recruiting several people to assassinate the kingdom’s grand mufti, several clerics, important personalities and security officials”.

The official SPA said the defendant was convicted of “receiving books inciting adoption of the deviant ideology and assassinating security officials and important personalities” in the kingdom, without specifying that the grand mufti was targeted.

Bahrain jails 12 Shias for torching car warehouse

DUBAI: A Bahraini court yesterday sentenced 12 Shias to 15-year jail terms for attacking a car warehouse during unrest in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a judicial source said. The 12 men were found guilty of setting fire to the warehouse in a mostly Shia area near the capital Manama in February 2012.

The court also accused the men of taking part in an unauthorised demonstration and possessing Molotov cocktails, and handed the group a fine totalling BD383,000 ($1m, ¤700,000) for the 59 cars damaged in the warehouse.

Lawyers for the defendants rejected the charges, saying their clients had made their confessions “under torture,” the judicial source added. Security forces crushed a Shia-led uprising demanding democratic reforms in Sunni-ruled but Shia-majority Bahrain in March 2011. But sporadic protests have broken out across the island since then and authorities have banned demonstrations in Manama.

Egypt frees Gaddafi cousin cleared of attempted murder

CAIRO: A cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been released two days after his acquittal in a trial for attempted murder, a security official said  yesterday. Ahmed Qaddaf Al Dam, whose extradition Tripoli is demanding, was “freed overnight by police in Cairo following the court decision to acquit him” on Monday, the official said.

Judicial sources had said Al Dam was detained in Cairo in March following a gunfight with Egyptian policemen in his apartment and was held despite the extradition demand. The Cairo court also acquitted him of possessing unlicensed weapons and resisting arrest, sources said. Al Dam had denied the charges against him. Al Dam and his bodyguards allegedly fired a hail of bullets at masked policemen who stormed his apartment in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood, witnesses had said.Agencies
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