Former Tripoli mayor and Irish-Libyan national blacklisted by Saudi Arabia

Mahdi Al-Harati in Syria. (Photo: Internet)

An Irish national has been placed on a terror blacklist by Saudi Arabia for the alleged backing of Islamic terror groups, the Irish Independent reported.

Mahdi al-Harati (44), who is originally from Firhouse, Dublin, is one of 59 alleged Islamic terrorists who has reportedly been blacklisted by Saudi intelligence agencies, Irish Independent added.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last week severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed sanctions on 12 groups and 59 alleged Islamic terrorists, it also said.

Al-Harati has reportedly “strongly rebutted” the accusations being made.

Gardaí are currently monitoring the activities of Irish nationals who plan to return to Ireland, having previously taken part in armed conflict abroad, Irish Independent indicated.

The Department of Justice did not respond to a number of queries at the time of going to print last night, it added.

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