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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Saudi man sentenced to 20 years for supporting ISIL

The man was found guilty of plotting to assassinate security officials in Saudi Arabia

A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for supporting ISIL and plotting to assassinate security officials in Saudi Arabia.

A Riyadh court ruled on Sunday against the man, who was tasked by ISIL to look for weapons in the country, reported major Saudi newspaper Okaz.

He was also handed down a 20-year travel ban that would come into effect after he serves his jail term.

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“He stored in his mobile phone a number of pictures and slogans for Daesh as well as a number of pictures of officials of the terrorist organisation,” the report said.

“The court decided to shut down his social media accounts for security reasons.”

The kingdom has endured a number of ISIL attacks over the past couple of years, mostly against Saudi security forces and the minority Shiite community.

ISIL cells in both Medina and Mecca were uncovered before being able to carry out attacks.

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