(MENAFN - Arab News) A criminal court in riyadh has sentenced two men for fighting abroad in contravention of a royal decree banning involvement in foreign conflict.
a third man was sentenced for providing assistance to the two men on their journey to iraq and afghanistan the al-arabiya channel reported.
the sentences also include confiscation of their property and a foreign travel ban for a period equal to their prison terms. charges against them also include money-laundering.
the first convict had gone to fight in afghanistan and had also been found guilty of facilitating other youths to fight abroad.
the court also took into account that one of the saudi youth he assisted to go abroad was killed while fighting.
he was also accused of paying sr5000 to another man to travel to fight in iraq.
the first defendant was sentenced to six years in prison including six months for money-laundering activity.
the second suspect meanwhile was sentenced four years in prison for his participation in foreign fighting in afghanistan besides collecting sr22000 to cover his travel expenses and to assist other fighters in the country.
he was also involved in money-laundering and assisting youth seeking to travel abroad.
the third defendant was sentenced one-and-a-half years for covering up the plans of the other two suspects to travel to afghanistan. he was found to have helped the two men go to a public bus stop prior to their departure.