The last founding member of a London based Saudi political and civil rights group has been sentenced to eight years in prison, bringing the total years of jail time for the 11 so far sentenced up to 92 years.

Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was a member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (which goes by the acronym HASEM) which was shut down 3 years ago, his charges include inciting breach of public order and accusing security forces of acts of torture and repression.

His case was processed by a Saudi court known as the Specialized Criminal Court which was initially set up to deal with cases of terrorism but has been used more recently to try activists whose work is considered to be a risk to national security.

Once released from prison al-Shubaily won’t be able to leave Saudi Arabia for another 8 years and is banned from writing on social media.

 

 

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