Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counseling, spa treatments and plenty of exercise at a luxury rehabilitation centre in Riyadh.
In between sessions with counsellors and talks on religion, prisoners will be able to relax in the centre’s facilities which include an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a gym and a television hall.
The new complex is the work of the Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Centre for Counseling and Care, a body set up seven years ago to rehabilitate extremists jailed during a Saudi crackdown on the local branch of Al-Qaeda.
Wall Street Journal correspondent Ellen Knickmeyer says this an exaggeration:
“Spa treatment” is an exaggeration on the jihadist-rehab center. It’s got a standard barbershop and a lot of nice sports facilities.
— Ellen Knickmeyer (@EllenKnickmeyer) April 19, 2013