Manama: A Saudi supporter of the Daesh terror group who had plotted to assassinate public security investigators has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
The Criminal Court in the Saudi capital Riyadh also ruled a 20-year travel ban for the defendant upon serving his prison term.
The court said the verdict was based on charges of embracing the takfiri ideology, supporting Daesh and agreement with terrorists to target security men in response to an order from a Daesh leader.
The defendant was also charged with following Daesh supporters on Twitter and other social media, storing pictures of Daesh leaders and pro-Daesh images and video clips on his mobile.
The defendant was arrested as he was working on obtaining weapons to carry out the plan to kill security men, the court said, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday.
The court said that all accounts of the defendant on social media would be cancelled in order to protect society from his actions.
Saudi Arabia has toughened its laws within a massive drive to root out terrorism.
Heavy jail sentences and travel bans have been ruled by courts of justice against those found guilty of supporting or sympathising with terror groups or attempting to join conflict zones.