Al Turki said Saudi authorities have placed 1,325 foreigners on trial
for insurgency offenses. He said another 10,000 Saudis were arrested since
Al Qaida's terror strikes in the United States in September 2011 in which
more than 3,000 people were killed, Middle East Newsline reported.
About half of those arrested since 2001 were released by Saudi Arabia,
mostly because of lack of evidence. He said another 1,612 suspects were
convicted of security
offenses while 616 people were under investigation.
In an interview to the Jedda-based Arab News, Al Turki said 603
insurgency defendants were on trial. He said nearly 1,000 people were being
processed for prosecution.
"The Saudi prosecution is preparing lists of charges against 934 people
and is investigating the cases of 1,931 others," Al Turki said.
Saudi Arabia has sought to rehabilitate Al Qaida operatives. Earlier this monthy, the Saudis released 15 insurgents who completed a year-long
rehabilitation program in Riyad.