8/7/2014 Global Voice: Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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Profile photo for Waleed Abulkhair's Twitter account @WaleedAbulkhair.

Waleed Abu Al-Khair, a prominent Saudi human rights defender, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today. He was convicted under a new anti-terrorism law introduced in the absolute monarchy for charges like “insulting general order” and “inflaming public opinion”.

It comes despite an outcry from NGOs globally less than two months after his brother-in-law Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for establishing a website.

Abu Al-Khair, who is the head of the “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia” organisation, has more than 76,000 followers on @WaleedAbulkhair. After his sentence this account tweeted, quoting him:

A final judgement against has been announced early this day -1

He was sentenced to 15 yrs and similar travel band period and a 200 thousands riyals fine. A statement will be published tonight -2

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