Saudi former al-Qaeda Islamists play volleyball at a rehabilitation center for militants in Riyadh in 2009
Saudi former al-Qaeda Islamists play volleyball at a rehabilitation center for militants in Riyadh in 2009. A Saudi court jailed 11 suspected Al-Qaeda members on Wednesday for plotting attacks on US forces in neighbouring Kuwait and on oil installations in the kingdom. © - AFP/File
Saudi former al-Qaeda Islamists play volleyball at a rehabilitation center for militants in Riyadh in 2009
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Last updated: June 27, 2012

Saudi jails Al-Qaeda militants over planned attacks

A Saudi court jailed 11 suspected Al-Qaeda members on Wednesday for plotting attacks on US forces in neighbouring Kuwait and on oil installations in the kingdom.

Members of the group, who were charged with "belonging to a terrorist cell," were sentenced to between two and 15 years, the official SPA news agency said.

The prosecutor's office had sought the death penalty for all 11, and a representative of the office said it would appeal the verdicts.

Saudi courts last June began trying dozens of people accused on involvement in deadly attacks between 2003 and 2006 after authorities launched an all-out campaign to eradicate Al-Qaeda in the country.

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