Monday, April 4, 2011

Saudi Arabia announces that more than 5,000 detainees will be tried on terrorism charges

The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has announced that a total of 5,080 persons arrested for alleged terrorists will be brought before the courts for trial, according to the Saudi official news agency SPA. That ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said in a statement to Saudi television that the Department of Research and Application "indicated that 5,080 detainees have completed the investigative stages, so will the trial stage." The Saudi official recalled that the state agency said earlier that these people are involved in activities of the "deviant group (of religion)," referring to the Saudi branch of Al Qaeda terrorist network.

He indicated that the number of arrested represent 90% of a total of 5,696 people who hold security services arrested for crimes or actions related to terrorism. The remainder, ie, 616 are still under interrogation by the competent bodies, said Al Turki, who did not say when they were arrested.

It also said 5,831 other people have been released in recent years, of which 184 have been released in the first three months of this year. In that context, he recalled that the official rules investigative bodies authorized to extend to a maximum of one year the period of detention of persons accused of involvement in activities linked to terrorism, but where in the interest of the investigation.

A total of 164 people, including policemen and civilians, including some foreigners, have died in recent years in clashes with terrorists of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.

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