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article imageSaudi Arabia releases 166 reformed militants

By Katerina Nikolas     May 6, 2013 in World
Saudi Arabia has released 166 reformed deviants, or repentant militants, that have successfully completed a rehabilitation course for former jihadists.
The 166 repentant militants include former members of al-Qaeda. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior announced the all male group had all completed a rehabilitation course at the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counselling and Care. The course is designed to rehabilitate the deviants into society.
Arab News reported the ministry issued a statement saying: the "released prisoners would participate in a follow-up program for emotional rehabilitation and reintegration into society."
Digital Journal reported the first rehabilitation center was established in the Kingdom seven years ago to rehabilitate Salafist extremists. As estimated 3,000 former Islamist prisoners are due to be rehabilitated before their release into society.
Not all those who complete the course succeed in turning their back on terrorism. Jaber Al-Fifi was deemed a reformed character after completing a course at the Prince Mohammed bin Naif center. On his release he lapsed into his former ways and attempted to assassinate the prince who had lent his name to the rehabilitation center. He later went on to regret his regression to terror.
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