Saudi Arabia, woman sentenced to 45 years for posting on social media

The Guardian writes, citing the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab world (Dawn), which has viewed court documents

A Saudi woman, Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for posting on social media that “violate public order” and undermine “the Saudi social fabric”. The Guardian writes, citing the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab World (Dawn), which has viewed court documents. Dawn was founded by Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally killed in his country’s consulate in Istanbul.



The documents examined offer few details on the charges against the woman, whose age and circumstances of the arrest are unknown. Authorities appear to have sentenced her “just for tweeting her views on her,” said Abdullah Alaoudh, Dawn’s director for the Gulf region. There are no Twitter accounts in the woman’s name, but many Saudis use nicknames. Down hopes that news of the sentence spreads will prompt people who know Qhatani to reveal more details about her story.

Alaoudh also points out that there has been a squeeze in the repression of those who dare to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after US President Joe Biden’s visit to the country. Qhatani’s case follows the 34-year prison sentence of Salma al-Shehab, a student at the University of Leeds and mother of two, arrested on her return home for the holidays after retweeting dissident posts.



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