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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.
A court sentenced 13 men to prison terms of up to 14 years for supporting terrorism, training at al Qaeda bases, and recruiting for jihad abroad. Among the nine Saudis, two Jordanians, an Egyptian, and a Syrian, some had financed terrorism in Iraq. Saudi officials decided to stop issuing tourist visas, in order to keep Saudi tourists inside the kingdom. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that al Qaeda is using second-generation female members to entice young male and female recruits to the organization, by means of interactions in online forums and websites.