Saudi court upholds 8-year jail term for activist
 
, Posted on 11-Jan-2017


Saudi court upholds 8-year jail term for activist

Dubai : A Saudi counter-terrorism court has upheld an eight-year prison sentence against one of the founders of a now banned human rights group, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Abdulaziz al-Shubaily will also be barred from writing on social media for eight years after his release and will not be allowed to travel, the Gulf Center for Human Rights said in a statement.

The verdict handed down on Tuesday "is essentially the same" as one issued against him in May, said the centre, which has offices in Copenhagen and Beirut.

It said Shubaily refused to recognise the court because it deals with terrorism offences.

An appeals court had sent his case back to the "Specialised Criminal Court" for a further review.

Shubaily was a member of the Association for Civil and Political Rights, which was dissolved by a Saudi court in 2013.

 

AFP


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