December 29, 2020
Charged with incitement to change Saudi regime and serve foreign agenda
File – Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been handed a prison sentence of five years and eight months. © Reuters
By Khitam Al Amir, Senior Staff Writer | Gulf News
Dubai – The Riyadh Saudi Criminal Court on Monday sentenced Loujain Al Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison for incitement to change the Kingdom’s ruling regime, local media reported.
The 31-year-old women’s rights activist was arrested in May 2017 on charges of incitement to change the ruling regime and cooperating with individuals and entities involved in terrorist crimes to serve a foreign agenda.
The court suspended two years and 10 months of her sentence. Al Hathloul can challenge the ruling within 30 days.
She was arrested with other women’s activists under anti-terror crime law.
Al Hathloul is charged with recruiting some persons in charge of sensitive government positions with the aim to destabilise the kingdom and breach its social structure.
In 2014, Al Hathloul was also arrested for her attempt to drive from the UAE to Saudi Arabia.
Her trial started in March 2019 one month before the kingdom abolished its ban on women’s rights to drive.
Several human rights groups have repeatedly called for her release.