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Saudi fighters abroad given 15-day ultimatum to return: TV

The spokesman for the Saudi minister of interior General Mansour Turki (2R) is given a tour alongside other media representatives of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STR

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday gave its citizens fighting abroad a 15-day ultimatum to return to the kingdom or face imprisonment, state television reported.

The ultimatum handed down by the interior ministry comes after King Abdullah announced on February 3 tough penalties for "terrorism" offences, including jail terms of up to 20 years for Saudis fighting abroad.

 

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