First woman to join Daesh facing retrial in Saudi’s Riyadh

Published April 28th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Spanish police arrest an 18-year-old Moroccan girl suspected of recruiting other women. (AFP/File)
Spanish police arrest an 18-year-old Moroccan girl suspected of recruiting other women. (AFP/File)

The retrial of the first woman known to have joined the Daesh group went underway at Riyadh's Special Criminal Court

Tuesday, with a range of charges put to her including smuggling messages out of prison for fellow members.

The state prosecutor has charged her with preparing and distributing material against the Kingdom on Twitter, which posed a threat to the country's security and stability. Through her posts, she demanded the release of detainees, the prosecutor said, a local publication reported.

She has also been charged with smuggling messages out of prison from Daesh members currently in detention and publishing this information on social media websites including Twitter.

The woman faces further charges of belonging to the group, supporting its leader Abubakr Al-Baghdadi, and communicating with members of Daesh and Jabhat Al-Nusra. She is accused of calling for attacks on the public prosecutor's office in Sharoura.

She has also been charged with accusing the government of not following Islamic law, and supporting detainees by pasting posters calling for their release on lampposts and mosque walls in Unaizah.

Meanwhile, two brothers accused of spying for Iran have also appeared in the court but have denied all charges. They are part of a group of 32, which includes 30 Saudis, an Afghan and an Iranian.

The group has been accused of working with Iranian intelligence to undermine the Kingdom's security. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for 25 and heavy penalties for the rest.

The prosecutor has accused the suspects of money laundering, cyber crimes, forgery, illegal possession of arms and ammunition, and access to classified information.

The police seized 18,900 euros, computers, hard drives, laser discs, CDs, banned books and mobile phones allegedly used in the crime.


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