Saudi jihadists abroad face jail time

2014-02-03 21:34

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Riyadh - Saudi citizens fighting in foreign conflicts will be liable to prison sentences of between three and 20 years under a new law, the Saudi royal palace announced on Monday.

Under the new law promulgated by King Abdullah, membership in or support of extremist religious or ideological groups will also be punishable with the same penalties, with the sentences rising to five to 30 years imprisonment for guilty members of the armed forces.

The Saudi authorities are known to be concerned about their citizens taking part in the Syrian conflict, often within the ranks of extremist Islamist groups who see the Saudi regime as itself illegitimate. Saudi Arabia has also been seeking to clamp down on the flow of funds elicited by popular ultra-conservative preachers to the aid of hardline Islamist groups in Syria.

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