Hamas furious over secret trials of its arrested officials in Saudi Arabia

In a public statement from Gaza, the Hamas terrorist organization condemned the Saudi Kingdom for having begun unpublicized criminal trials of dozens of “the best of and the most elite of the Palestinian people residing in Saudi Arabia.” 

By AP, Israel Hayom Staff


On Monday Hamas criticized the secretive criminal trials in Saudi Arabia of dozens of members and supporters of the Palestinian terrorist group.

The group, which rules the Gaza Strip, said Saudi authorities detained dozens of “the best of and the most elite of the Palestinian people residing in Saudi Arabia.”

A popular account on Twitter focused on the arrests and trials of dissidents, reported that the Saudi government is conducting the trials before the Specialized Criminal Court, a secretive tribunal established to try terrorism cases.

Members of the Saudi security forces arrest a criminal suspect in Riyadh. – Illustrative photo

The arrests intensified in 2019 and there has been no official comment from the Saudi government on either the arrests or the trials.

In recent years, ties between Hamas – an offshoot of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood – and Saudi Arabia have not been friendly. The Palestinian group relies more on Saudi’s regional rival, Iran, for funds, weapons, and expertise.

Hamas says the detainees, which include some Jordanians, were held for “supporting the Palestinian cause.”

Earlier, a Hamas official explained that this means raising funds and soliciting donations.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, visits Iran’s Supreme Leader in Tehran. – File Photo

In January, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visited Tehran to attend the funeral of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force, who was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq. The move could explain the expedition of the trials of Hamas’ supporters in Saudi Arabia.


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