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Saudi authorities arrested two Saudi women who were attempting to cross into Yemen to join al Qaeda. Earlier this month, another Saudi woman, Arwa Baghdadi, also fled to Yemen to join her husband, imprisoned al Qaeda member Yassin Al Barakati. Last week the Special Court acquitted seven suspects accused of terrorism-related crimes including raising funds for al Qaeda under the guise of charitable organizations and trying to provide weapons to al Qaeda in Iraq; 13 others were convicted.
The Special Court in Riyadh sentenced three terrorists from the 85-member Turki al Dandani group to death, and handed out prison sentences ranging from two to 26 years to 40 others. Two days ago, five terrorists received death sentences for bombings in 2003.
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey said that although the grace period for returning jihadists expired on March 20, such fighters are still approaching Saudi embassies and asking for help in returning home. He also indicated they are still welcome to return, saying, "Our doors will always remain open for all Saudis coming from conflict regions or any other area." The majority are young and are coming from Syria, he said.
Al Qaeda strategist Faris al Zahrani, a.k.a. Abu Jandal al Azdi, was sentenced to death for charges including holding extremist views, killing Muslims and others, targeting security officials, and planning to overthrow Gulf monarchies. Zahrani, reportedly a top al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia, had defied rehabilitation efforts, vowing to continue terrorist activities if released. He was tried along with 15 members of his al Qaeda cell, who received prison terms ranging from one to 20 years.