Saudi Arabia tries 7 al-Qaida-linked suspects

October 2, 2011 12:23


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JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia is trying seven Saudis accused of creating an al-Qaida-linked "terror cell" and setting up a training camp on the mountains near the country's southern border with Yemen, al-Watan daily newspaper said on Sunday.

The trial is taking place in a special criminal court in Riyadh and is open only to selected local media.

After al-Qaida militants launched attacks on Saudi Arabia in 2003, the authorities arrested thousands on suspicion of links to militant groups. Critics say the 12,000-30,000 people that rights groups say were imprisoned included political activists.

"The court held its fifth hearing yesterday for the case against seven Saudi suspects... accused of setting up a terror cell with the aim of spoiling the land and implementing plans and goals of al-Qaida," al-Watan said.

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