October 5, 2022

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Student in Saudi Arabia jailed for 34 years for using Twitter | the world

Salma Al-Shehab, a 34-year-old mother of two, has been sentenced. Saudi Arabia For using the website for “public disturbance and disruption of civil and national security”. The initial sentence was three years in prison, but it was extended to 34 years on Monday (15) after a public prosecutor requested a review.

Shehab was studying at the University of Leeds in England and returned to Saudi Arabia in December 2020 with the intention of taking her children and husband with her to the United Kingdom, British newspaper “The Guardian” reported. On that trip, he was questioned and arrested by Saudi authorities for acting on Twitter.

In a sentencing review requested by the public prosecutor, he will be sentenced to an additional 34 years in prison, after which he will be banned from traveling for 34 years.

According to the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR, Saudi-European Organization for Human Rights, in free translation), Shehab questioned the right of women to be protected by their husbands. He also retweeted posts demanding the release of jailed human rights defenders.

However, its presence in social networks cannot be considered transparent. His Twitter account has less than 2,000 followers and his Instagram profile around 150.

ESHOR condemned the Saudi court’s verdict, saying it was the longest sentence handed down to any activist. They questioned the validity of her judgment and the judgments of other women, which were often unfair and led to arbitrary conclusions.