A Saudi criminal court issued a preliminary ruling of 22 years and 25 years against two Saudis who were convicted of joining the Iraqi Kataib Hizbullah terror group, al-Arabiya reported Thursday (March 29th).
The prison sentence was based on evidence showing the two men joining the group’s camps in Iran and Iraq where they trained on using weapons and explosives for the purpose of carrying out terror attacks in the kingdom.
According to the court’s statements, the defendants’ aim was to sow chaos and harm the kingdom’s internal security and unity in compliance with the Iraqi Kataib Hizbullah’s directives.
The defendants were also convicted of communicating with a suspected person in Iran via social media and providing him with information about the oil pipeline that connects between Abqaiq and Yanbu.
The first defendant was convicted of funding terrorism by paying travel costs for himself and another detainee to go to Iran to join Kataib Hizbullah and train in its camps.
The court’s preliminary ruling against him is a 25-year prison sentence that begins from the date of his detention, as well as preventing him from traveling for 25 years following his release from prison.
As for the second defendant, the court’s preliminary ruling against him was a 22-year prison sentence, which also begins from the date of his detention, as well as banning him from traveling for another 22 years following his release.