19 Indians held on terror charges in Saudi

19 Indians held on terror charges in Saudi

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-14 18:11 Saudi Arabia: Nineteen Indians are among the 823 foreign nationals arrested on terror charges in the Kingdom, said the Saudi Interior Ministry.The arrested also include 29 Pakistanis, eight US nationals, three Europeans, two Indonesians, six Filipinos and 18 Africans, mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Nigeria, currently languishing in Saudi prisons along with 4,409 Saudi nationals.A few of the foreign suspects have been convicted, but the majority are under investigation.A careful perusal of the MOI website reveals that among the Indians arrested, one has been convicted, one still has appeal rights, while 14 are still under investigation.“The Saudi government has also frozen 117 bank accounts of suspects being used to transfer money to terrorist groups and is making all efforts to stop individuals from misusing charitable foundations to fund terrorism,” said Major General Mansour Al-Turki, Interior Ministry spokesman.The government has prosecuted 240 suspects on charges of funding terrorism, he said, adding that authorities were monitoring bank transactions and investigating the frozen accounts. “We have faced more than 63 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda and Daesh, 26 of them just in the last two years,” said Gen. Al-Turki.In order to crush terrorism and cut off terror financing, Gen. Al-Turki said the Kingdom has enforced laws to criminalise all terrorist-related activities, including joining, supporting or recruiting for extremist groups.Asked about the US nationals detained in Saudi Arabia, an American Embassy spokesman told Arab News that the mission could not “confirm” the arrest of the US citizens due to “privacy considerations”. Asian embassies contacted by Arab News were not fully aware of their nationals behind bars in the Kingdom on terror charges.Out of the eight US nationals detained, seven are under investigation, while one has been convicted and will be sentenced. A total 11 Ethiopians, two Eritreans and five Nigerians are among the others convicted. Also, six Afghanis have been convicted for their involvement in some form of terror-related act, according to the MOI website.