Dubai: A special court in Saudi Arabia has
opened a trial of 50 people accused of terror activities in capital Riyadh.
The defendants include two Syrians and a Yemeni besides 47 Saudis, Saudi media reported, adding only five defendants
were present at the first hearing on Saturday.
Charges levelled against them include joining an al-Qaeda
terror cell in Saudi Arabia, plotting to assassinate a
prominent Saudi leader and some US citizens, and planning to
blow up US and British embassies in the country.
According to the reports, they were also accused of
issuing religious edicts to incite people against the
government, recruitment of youths for terror activities,
terror financing and going to violence-hit regions.
Members of the Saudi Human Rights Commission and media
were present at the hearing.
First Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:55