Saudi Arabia targeting PH for rice production

In its first comprehensive accounting of detainees arrested in connection with its eight-year campaign against Al Qaeda, the Saudi government has disclosed that more than half of the 11,527 persons detained for alleged terrorist-related activities – 5,831 – were released after being found innocent. Of the 5,696 still held, 1,612 are serving prison sentences following their convictions, the Ministry of Interior announced Saturday. Another 603 are being tried in on-going proceedings; 934 are awaiting the start of their trials; and 616 are still being investigated, the ministry said. In relation to 1,931 other detainees, the authorities have completed their investigations and the results are being forwarded to prosecutors for a decision on whether to take the case to trial or not, the ministry stated.

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