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Saudi Arabia lists Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist network

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah added the Muslim Brotherhood to his Kingdom's list of terrorist organization on Friday, according to a former police advisor who has trained officers in the Middle East.

A new Saudi decree makes membership in the Muslim Brotherhood a criminal offense.
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According to the former police deputy chief, Carl LaRosa, the Saudi government's list of outlawed groups includes the Iranian-supported Hezbollah and the two groups currently battling Syria's dictator Basher al-Assad -- the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQII) and the al-Qaeda linked, Syrian-based al-Nusra Front, as described in an Examiner news story.

The Saudi royal family and their security and police commanders have been vocal about their concern that citizens of The Kingdom have traveled to Syria to join the rebel forces led by Islamists, according to LaRosa.

King Abdullah has also announced that Saudis currently involved in the Syrian rebellion have two weeks to leave Syria and come home or they will face draconian penalties for being members of terrorist organizations.

The state news agency SPA reported that the Saudi ruler informed his people that membership in any of those groups will result in severe punishment and any material support given to terrorists will be treated as treason.

On Feb. 1, 2014, the Saudi government's counterterrorism law passed by the government ministers became active in an effort to combat terrorism, according to Middle East news stories.

The Saudi law defines terrorism acts committed by individuals or groups that "directly or indirectly undermines public order and the state’s security and stability, or endangers national unity."

The February law gives Saudi police and security forces the authority to detain a suspect for six months and in some cases up to one year.