Saudi Arabia detains 9 for anti-government activity

Detainees had admitted to the charges of communicating and cooperating with individuals and organisations opposed to the kingdom

Manama: Saudi Arabia has temporarily released eight people accused of communicating with organisations opposed to the kingdom, but is holding nine others in detention, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.


In a statement, the public prosecutor said the detainees had admitted to the charges of communicating and cooperating with individuals and organisations opposed to the kingdom, recruiting people in sensitive positions to get information and confidential documents to hurt the country’s interests, and offering material and moral support to hostile elements abroad.

Those who were released pending further investigation were five women and three men, the statement said.

Five men and four women remain in detention “after they were shown sufficient evidence and they admitted the charges attributed to them”.

Last week, the chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice warned against groups and individuals who “target the government’s security and stability”.

The government announced two weeks ago that seven people had been arrested for suspicious contacts with foreign entities and offering financial support to “hostile elements overseas”, and said other suspects were being sought.

Last week, Saudi Arabia released four women.

One columnist had labelled those held as “agents of embassies.”

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