- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2013

A Saudi criminal court in Riyadh sentenced 20 people in connection with the 2004 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah.

One of the terrorists who survived the actual attack was sentenced to death, while the 19 others received sentences ranging from 18 months to 23 years in prison, United Press International reported Monday.

The charges included plotting and attacking the consulate, taking hostages and theft.

Five al Qaeda-linked terrorists stormed the consulate on Dec. 6, 2004, killing nine and wounding dozens of Saudi citizens and foreign nationals. Authorities killed four of the attackers and injured the fifth, who was arrested, UPI reported.

When the judge asked the surviving attacker what was going through his mind during the assault, he said he did it in solidarity with Muslims fighting Western forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, UPI said.

The man’s body will be publicly displayed after he is executed, which is the most severe form of punishment under the kingdom’s sharia law, Arutz Sheva reported.

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