RIYADH (AFP) – The man who gunned down an Irish cameraman working for the BBC in Saudi Arabia 10 years ago has been sentenced to death, a diplomatic source told AFP on Tuesday.
Simon Cumbers, 36, was filming near the home of a wanted militant in the Saudi capital when he was killed in the 2004 attack, in which the current BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner was also left paralysed.
The man, reportedly a Saudi, “was sentenced for the murder of Simon Cumbers,” said the source, who was present at Monday’s court hearing.
“As I understand it, there was a whole series of charges,” which also related to the wounding of Gardner, said the source.
Cumber’s killer was among three men the official Saudi Press Agency reported were sentenced to death on Monday for Al-Qaeda linked crimes.
Five others were jailed for between 25 and 30 years for similar offences.
It described as “heinous” the offences committed by those sentenced to death.