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Saudi Arabia convicts 4 men of fighting abroad

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RIYDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The official Saudi Press Agency says four Saudi men were convicted of disobeying the king and sentenced to prison on charges of fighting in conflicts abroad.

Saudi Arabia this year made it illegal for its citizens to fight abroad, vowing prison sentences up to 20 years.

The SPA reported Sunday that The Specialized Criminal Court in the capital Riyadh, which was created to try terrorism cases, handed down prison sentences ranging from four to 34 months. The four men were also found guilty of forging passports and coordinating for others to join foreign conflicts.

No further details were given, but local press reports said the men were trying to join the war in Syria. It was not immediately clear whether the men had been caught or surrendered.

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