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Riyadh-The Specialized Criminal Court issued sentences against three Saudis who were involved in different cases, giving them varying prison terms.

The cases included the involvement of one of them in a deal with wanted criminals, who he met in Iran, to destabilize security in Saudi Arabia.

The second one received training in Iraq and supported ISIS while the third showed support for Houthi militias and questioned religious principles and the validity of the hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions.

Two citizens received 10 years each for having traveled to Iran, where they met with a criminal, wanted for carrying out terrorist acts in the Eastern Province.

The criminal, currently detained, had instructed the two Saudis to undergo military training in an effort to later act to destabilize the security of the Kingdom.

The two defendants also traveled to Iraq, at the request of the said criminal, and joined training camps where they learned how to assemble machine guns and pistols. They then returned to the Kingdom, where they were apprehended.

The court sentence starts from the date of arrest; after being released, the two will be forbidden from traveling abroad for another 10 years.

Another verdict was issued against a Saudi national who fell under the influence of terrorist organizations and wanted to go to Syria to join ISIS.

He was indicted based on online statements critical of the state and its policies, as well as for consuming drugs.

The court sentenced him to 80 lashes for consumption of drugs and to seven years in prison, counted from the date of his arrest. He will also be forbidden from traveling abroad after his release from jail for another seven years. The cellular phone that was in his possession at the time of his arrest was confiscated.

Moreover, a fourth verdict was pronounced against a Saudi citizen who showed support for the Houthi militias, questioned religious principles, and questioned and criticized the validity of the hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions.

He posted his abusive statements on different social media accounts.

In punishment, the court gave him six years in prison, starting from the date of his arrest, fined him SR30, 000, closed his Twitter account and banned him from ever using it again.

The court also banned him from traveling abroad for six years after his release from prison.