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Research Notes 33

Lori Plotkin Boghardt

May 2016

IIn 2008, Saudi Arabia established the Specialized Criminal Court to try al-Qaeda detainees who had been connected to attacks inside the kingdom. Over time, the court's caseload has expanded to include supporters of the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, as well as activists and critics. The court's cases -- and the kingdom's selective openness about them -- offer a window onto Riyadh's security concerns. In this Research Note, Lori Plotkin Boghardt examines the court'...

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