facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Australian detained in Saudi Arabia for terrorism charges

May 1, 2013 at 8:28 AM   |   Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 1 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old Australian man is on trial in Saudi Arabia for alleged terrorism-related offenses, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Saudi officials arrested Shayden Thorne, of Perth, 18 months ago and have detained him in a prison near Riyadh, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The exact nature of his alleged crimes wasn't reported.

His brother, Junaid Thorne, 23, is also in Saudi Arabia and said officials confiscated his passport.

"I'm in hiding actually; any checkpoint or any police officer that stops me and asks for my identity card and realizes that I am Muhammed Junaid, I'd be arrested straight away," he told Australia's NITV.

Junaid Thorne said he was briefly detained for taking part in a protest.

The men's mother, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was worried about her sons.

"[Junaid] contacted me and said he feared for his safety," she said. "He thought they would arrest him again and he didn't want to go back to prison, he just wants to come home."

Consular officials have been giving assistance to Shayden Thorne since his November 2011 arrest, ABC said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile
2
GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets
3
Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country
4
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
5
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback