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Saudi jails 17 for up to 33 years for 'terrorism'

Published on Aug 26, 2014 1:24 AM

RIYADH (AFP) - A Saudi special court sentenced 17 people to between nine and 33 years in jail for joining a "terrorist cell" in the kingdom and fighting abroad, state news agency SPA reported Monday.

The group were found guilty of "adopting an extremist ideology," "disobeying" authorities by travelling to fight abroad and "joining a terrorist cell" inside the kingdom, said SPA.

The group had also "contacted members of the terrorist organisation... established a media outlet in support" of it and "financed terror," said the statement, in an apparent reference to Al-Qaeda.

The men were also accused of "possession of arms and ammunition... to undermine security," in addition to other charges, said SPA.

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