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Saudi Arabia setting up terror court

[JURIST] An advisor to the Saudi Justice Ministry [official website, in Arabic] has said that Saudi Arabia is in the process of setting up a new state security court to try terror suspects, according to Saudi daily Okaz [media website]. A panel of between five and seven top judges nominated by the justice and interior ministries and ultimately appointed by King Abdullah will sit on the court, which will hear terror cases arising from incidents since May 2003, when suspected al-Qaida suicide bombers killed 34 people [MEMRI summary of Saudi press reaction], including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners in Riyadh. The security court, to sit in Riyadh, will be established in the next six months and there will be no appeal from its rulings. Its proceedings will be public except as required by confidentiality.

More than 100 people have been killed in the Kingdom in terrorist attacks in the past three years. UPI has more.

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