Saudi activist ‘sentenced to lashes and jail’
Omar al-Saeed had called for a constitutional monarchy and attacked the ruling family over its human rights record.
A Saudi judge has sentenced a political activist to 300 lashes and four years in prison for calling for a constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia, his rights group said.
Omar al-Saeed is the fourth member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) to be jailed this year after the group issued statements attacking the ruling family over its human rights record and calling for democracy.
Saeed did not have legal representation at the secret hearing when he was sentenced on Sunday, ACPRA said in a statement on its website.
“It’s just another troubling instance of Saudi authorities’ absolute refusal to countenance any activism or criticism of Saudi policies or human rights abuses,” said Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“Those in power want to stay in power, feeling entitled as they often do. Power does not give anyone the right to exploit, victimize and murder–anyone includes anyone even those ultra elite royals! ”
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