A Saudi court has jailed a man for 15 years after convicting him of recruiting 14 nationals to join Al-Qaeda's affiliate in neighbouring Yemen, Al-Hayat newspaper reported Thursday.
A Riyadh court specialised in security cases convicted the unnamed Saudi national of recruiting the militants online after he held meetings in Yemen with Al-Qaeda leaders, the daily said.
The defendant helped the recruits reach Yemen and issued fake Yemeni identity cards for seven of them, it said.
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He set up an email address "to serve members of Al-Qaeda in Yemen," the paper said, quoting the charges list. It said he coordinating the travel of the 14 recruits via email.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni franchise of the global militant network, was born out of a merger between the Saudi and Yemeni branches of Al-Qaeda in 2009.
Washington considers AQAP the most dangerous Al-Qaeda affiliate because it has been linked to a number of attempted attacks on the US homeland.
The group claimed responsibility for the brazen daylight storming of the Yemeni defence ministry complex on December 5 in Sanaa, in which 56 people were killed, among them expatriate medical staff.