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Saudi Arabian court sentences woman to 45 years in prison over social media posts

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A Saudi Arabian court docket has sentenced a girl to nearly half a century in jail for allegedly harming the nation by means of her social media exercise.

Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani, who hails from one of many greatest tribes in Saudi Arabia and has no obvious historical past of activism, was sentenced to 45 years in jail after being accused by a choose of “disrupting the cohesion of society” and “destabilizing the social cloth” through social media.

The choose additionally dominated that al-Qahtani “offended the general public order by means of the knowledge community.”

It stays unclear what al-Qahtani posted on-line or the place her listening to was held. She was taken into custody on July 4, 2021, in response to the Washington-based human rights watchdog Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), which is crucial of the dominion.

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Honor Guard member is roofed by the flag of Saudi Arabia 
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“This looks as if the start of a brand new wave of sentences and convictions by new judges who’ve been positioned within the specialised felony court docket,” Abdullah Alaoudh, Analysis Director for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at DAWN, mentioned in regards to the case.

Alaoudh says that al-Qahtani was jailed for “merely tweeting her opinions.”

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“It’s unimaginable to not join the dots between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assembly with President Biden final month in Jeddah and the uptick within the repressive assaults in opposition to anybody who dares criticize the crown prince or the Saudi authorities for well-documented abuses,” Alaoudh instructed The Guardian.

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince and Protection Minister Mohammed bin Salman
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The sentencing of al-Qahtani comes two weeks after Saudi Arabia sentenced 33-year-old Salma al-Shehab to 34 years in jail after the Saudi authorities concluded that she used her social media platform “to disrupt public order, undermine the safety of society and stability of the state, and help those that had dedicated felony actions in response to the counterterrorism legislation and its financing.”

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The social media sentences have renewed consideration on Prince Mohammed’s crackdown on dissent, even because the Islamic nation has granted girls new freedoms like the best to drive.

Related Press contributed to this report

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