Saudis jail Aussie on terror charges


An Australian has been jailed for 4½ years in Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related offenses, with his lawyer vowing to appeal what he claims was an unfair trial.

Shayden Thorne, 25, has been held in a jail outside Riyadh for almost 18 months, reportedly after a laptop, which his family says he borrowed from a mosque, was allegedly found to have terrorist material on it. Saudi lawyer Abdul Jalil al-Khalidy told Australian media Thorne was convicted in a Jeddah court Wednesday of five charges regarding supporting and encouraging terrorism.

His family says Thorne confessed to the crime only after he was tortured in prison and argues that his confession was inadmissible.