Saudi Arabia tries 41 suspected al-Qaida militants

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2011 12:12 PM
Saudi Arabia tries 41 suspected al-Qaida militants

Saudi Arabia's state news agency says 41 suspected members of al-Qaida have gone on trial, accused of planning attacks on U.S. forces in Kuwait and Qatar.

A court in Riyadh is hearing the case.

The SPA news agency said Sunday some of the defendants were charged with recruiting and sending militants to fight in Iraq and sending money to Taliban fighters.

It did not say when they were arrested.

The report said one Qatari, one Yemeni and an Afghan national are among the accused while the other 38 are Saudis.

In June, the kingdom started trying 85 suspected al-Qaida members accused of taking part in a deadly 2003 attack inside the country.

Saudi authorities did not say then why it took eight years to being that trial.