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Saudi woman jailed for six years for Daesh links

Accomplices also jailed for plot to smuggle woman in her 30s out to Yemen and Syria

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Manama: A Saudi court has sentenced a woman to six years in jail after she was found guilty of attempting to leave the Kingdom clandestinely with her children and join the Daesh terror group.

The woman, a Saudi national in her 30s, was also ordered to pay a fine of SR1,000 (about $268) and not to leave the kingdom for six years following her release from jail.

Her social media accounts were shut down.

Her two accomplices, both Syrian men, were also found guilty by the court in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi daily Al Madinah reported.

Accomplices jailed

The first accomplice was sentenced to five years in jail on charges of coordinating the smuggling of the woman and her children out of the kingdom.

He will be deported after serving his time in jail, the court said.

The second accomplice was sentenced to four years on charges of coordinating with the first accomplice to smuggle the woman and her children into Yemen ahead of moving to Syria and joining the terror group.

He was also ordered to pay SR 6,200 (about $1,660) in fines. The defendant will be deported after serving his sentence, the court said.

Prison terms to be followed by deportation for foreigners are standard rulings in Saudi courts as the country is pressing ahead with a relentless fight against terrorism and its supporters.