Saudi sentences 4 men to death for killing French

AP News
Posted: Jan 16, 2014 8:42 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two Chad nationals were sentenced to death by a specialized criminal court in Saudi Arabia for the killing of a French man in 2004, the kingdom's official news agency reported late Wednesday, after it earlier sentenced two other men over the shooting deaths of four French nationals in 2007.

The Saudi Press Agency said the men were part of a group of terrorists that included 10 other suspects, including Saudis and one Yemeni.

The agency reported that the 10 were ordered to serve prison sentences ranging from four to 22 years on charges of belonging to an extremist group.

In a separate case earlier this week, the court also sentenced two Saudi men to death for the killing of four French nationals in 2007.

Twelve other men convicted in the case were sentenced to between three and 23 years in prison.

All four of the victims lived in Saudi Arabia. Two worked for an electrical equipment manufacturer, one was a teacher at a French school, and the forth was a teenager.

Saudi authorities said at the time the four were resting at the side of a road about 17 kilometers (10 miles) north of the holy city of Medina when gunmen fired at their car, killing two instantly. The other two victims died later in hospital.