Saudi gets death sentence for US consulate attack

A Saudi court has sentenced one man to death for the Jeddah attack in 2004.

Saudi gets death sentence for US consulate attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Saudi court has sentenced one man to death and another 19 to jail for the deadly storming of the U.S. consulate in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in 2004. 

Another 19 people were convicted on Monday of plotting to hijack a Western airliner, scouting a Westerners' residence and planning to attack a royal family member. They were given jail terms ranging from 12 months to 25 years, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

The suspects were all being tried on charges of belonging to a "deviant group", SPA said, an apparent reference to al Qaeda. A further 16 people were due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

In the 2004 attack, five people stormed the the U.S. consulate with bombs and guns, killing four Saudi security personnel outside and five local staff within. Three of the attackers were killed in the assault and two were captured.

SPA said late on Sunday that, among other charges, "suspect number six", as he was identified in the court statement, was convicted of participating in killing five people at the consulate, including four Muslims, and in planning another attack against foreigners in Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia.

The authorities will publicly display the body of the man after he is executed. SPA said all defendants were given 30 days to appeal.

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