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Saudi Arabia court jails activists ‘for rebelling against authority of king’

Last Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 12:19

London: Two human rights and political activists have been sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court for setting up an illegal organisation and rebelling against the authority of the king.

Mohammed al-Qahtani was given 10 years, while Mohammed al-Hamid’s earlier sentence of six years was upheld and a further five-year term added.

Their organisation the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) was also disbanded by the court, the BBC reports.

ACPRA has called for greater democracy and has documented allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

The ultra-conservative Saudi kingdom does not allow political protests, the report said.

The defendants were accused of spreading "false information" via social media, the report added.


First Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 11:40
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