Wahhabi Radicals In Five-Star Rehab Center Of Saudi Arabia

Recently, the Soufan Group reported that Saudi Arabia became one of the largest suppliers of ISIS foreign fighters. Saudi Arabia is second on the list after Russia and has sent 3,244 radical fighters to join ISIS so far this year, an increase compared with the 2015 estimate of 2,500.

Around 760 of the fighters returned to Saudi Arabia this year. A rehab centre for violent radicals, Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care Centre with its swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and plush gym facilities has the trappings of a five-star hotel.

The Nayef centre was specialized to rehabilitate Saudi’s extremists. The strategy is to make the fighters feel like normal society members who can return to usual life. The centre’s approach is that the radicals require an ideological cure.

Yahya Abu Maghayed, a director at the centre, said their focus is on correcting extremists’ thoughts, their misconceptions, and their deviation from Islam.

The extremist suspects linked to groups such as Al-Qaeda, Taliban, and ISIS. They are free to walk around and have access to all facilities within the centre.

The centre is located on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh and those caught by Saudi security forces spend up to six months there. If they have not reformed within three months at the detention centre, they are placed back into the judicial system.

Recently, Saudi Arabia has come under particular criticism from rights groups for the beheadings carried out for non-fatal crimes. Under Saudi Arabia’s strict legal codes, drug trafficking, rape, murder, armed robbery, and apostasy are all punishable by beheading. The rights watchdog has recently said Saudi judicial proceedings “fall far short of global norms of fairness”.

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Earlier this month, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been accused of exporting ultraconservative Wahhabis’ Sunni doctrine around the world, claimed to wipe terrorism from the face of the Earth.

The rehab centre, founded in 2004, is one of Saudi Arabia’s strategy to expunge violent extremism at home.

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