Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Human rights groups on Monday condemned the sentencing of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a prison term of five years and eight months by a Saudi court. Hathloul was convicted by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), of charges including “spying with foreign parties” and “conspiring against the kingdom”. Amnesty International has said that trials conducted by the SCC are “intrinsically unfair” and “, in gross violation of the international right to fair trial”. Two years and ten months of the sentence was suspended on condition that Hathloul “does not commit any crime…

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