Saudi court sentences US consulate assailant to death

November 25, 2013 | By | Reply More

Nov 25, – A Saudi court on Monday sentenced to death an Al Qaeda member convicted of a 2004 attack on the US consulate in Jeddah, in which five people were killed. The special security tribunal sentenced 19 others to up to 25 years in jail over various charges, including supporting the attack on the US mission and plotting other “terrorist attacks,” SPA state news agency said.

hromedia Saudi court sentences US consulate assailant to death arab uprising2The man sentenced to death, whose identity was not revealed, was convicted of “being part of a group that committed terrorist attacks in the country, including the storming of the US consulate,” it said.

He confessed to taking part in the attack without showing any remorse, according to SPA.

The attack on December 6, 2004 — in which gunmen opened fire and lobbed explosives at the compound — killed five non-US staff, including four guards. Three of the attackers were killed when security forces swept in.

A wave of deadly Al Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006 prompted authorities to launch a crackdown on the local branch of the group founded by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US commando operation in May 2011.

Press journalist for HRO Media – contributed to this report.

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