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Policemen stand guard next to a wall of the central prison in Sana’a after a bomb exploded outside. Reuters

Riyadh- The Specialized Criminal Court on Monday sentenced a Yemeni to 19 years in prison and ordered him deported from the Kingdom following his sentence.

The defendant was found guilty of adopting ‘takfirist’ ideology and pledging allegiance to the former leader of al-Qaeda.

His frequent travels to Afghanistan were proven where he joined Qaeda camps in addition to training young people on how to use weapons.

Among the defendant’s charges was not informing security authorities of his knowledge that someone from Qaeda was targeting oil facilities in Yanbu and oil pipelines in the Kingdom, spreading of Osama bin Laden’s speeches, copying discs containing methods for preparing explosives and placing toxins and knowing a person suspected of raising funds within the Kingdom for Qaeda and his involvement in the investment of these funds.

He was also willing to provide a computer device for Leader of Qaeda in the Kingdom Abdulaziz al-Muqrin, training a group of young people in the Kingdom on how to use weapons, trading in weapons for profit and having knowledge of a group of people preparing a camp inside the Kingdom to train Saudi youths to join militants in Iraq.

The court sentenced him to 19 years in prison from the date of arrest and ordered confiscation of the arms, ammunition, computer and radio communication devices in his possession.

The court also ordered the defendant to be deported following the completion of his sentence.