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Saudi woman retweeting dissidents, 34 years in prison

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 17 – Sentenced to 34 years in prison for opening a Twitter profile and following and retweeting dissidents and activists: this is what touched 34-year-old Saudi Salma al-Shehab – who is attending a PhD at the university British from Leeds and mother of two young children – once back for a holiday in her country. As reported by the Guardian, the sentence of the Special Tribunal for Terrorists was handed down after the visit of United States President Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia, seen by activists as an encouragement to intensify the crackdown on dissidents and other pro-activists. democracy.

The woman was initially sentenced to three years in prison for the “crime” of using a website aimed at “causing public unrest and destabilizing civil and national security”, but on Monday an appeals court issued the new sentence of 34 years in prison and 34 years of travel ban after the prosecutor asked the court to consider other alleged crimes.

According to a translation of the court documents that the Guardian has seen, according to the new accusations Shehab has helped “those who try to cause public unrest and destabilize civil and national security by following their Twitter accounts” and by retweeting their content.

Shehab should still be able to appeal. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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