RIYADH: An Arab national was sentenced to five years in jail for transporting illegals into Saudi Arabia, the Public Prosecution said.

The accused had agreed with a cross-border criminal gang to smuggle a group of people from a neighboring country into the Kingdom in exchange for $4,000, investigations revealed.

He was arrested and referred to the relevant court.

However, the Public Prosecution office filed an objection to the ruling, calling for a tougher penalty for the convict, according to a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Authorities warned the public against involvement in human trafficking, noting that the Kingdom has facilitated different types of entry visas, hence there was need to enter illegally into the country.

The Public Prosecution vowed stringent punitive measures against those who transport illegals, give them shelter or provide any kind assistance and service, read the SPA statement.