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Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

Salma al-Shebab, a Saudi student at Leeds University who was reportedly returning to the UK for vacation when she was detained, was sentenced to 34 years in prison for using a Twitter account and for following and retweeting dissident individuals.

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As a result of tweets she sent out advocating for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, the mother of two was charged with using Twitter to stir up a public disturbance and undermine civil and national security.

According to The Daily Mail, after the activist appealed her conviction, a Saudi terrorism court enhanced Al-sentence Shebab’s from six years to 34 years in prison. Al-Shebab has two young sons who are four and six years old.

Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

According to reports, after serving her sentence in prison, she will be subject to a 34-year travel ban.

Al-Shebab was said to have been arrested in January 2021 while on holiday in Saudi Arabia just as she planned to return to the United Kingdom, where she was a Ph.D. student at the University of Leeds.

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It was gathered that in delivering the judgment, the court cited Al-Shebab’s social media activity where she tweeted in support of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and expressed solidarity with imprisoned women rights activists such as Loujain al-Hathloul, and subsequently called for their freedom.

She was said to have been arrested after she retweeted a post from Al-Hathloul’s sister, Lina.

Saudi Arabia Student Jailed For 34 Years For Using Twitter

The post read, “Freedom for Loujain Al-Hathloul … Freedom for all prisoners of conscience. Your freedom is my first wish for this New Year – Happy New Year.” the Daily Mail reported.

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She was accused of ‘providing succor to those seeking to disrupt public order and undermine the safety of the general public and stability of the state and publishing false and tendentious rumors on Twitter.


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