Saudi Court Upholds Rights Activist al-Hathloul’s Sentence at Appeals Hearing

Wait a second! How can this be? Is it a misprint?!?!? I thought these were the “new and improved” Saudis?

RIYADH: A Saudi court Wednesday upheld the original sentence of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who had championed women’s right to drive and for an end to Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system.

Hathloul was sentenced in December to nearly six years in prison under broad cybercrime and counterterrorism laws after a lengthy trial that drew widespread international condemnation, but she was released last month having served half of her custodial sentence.

Walking to the courthouse on Wednesday morning before the appeals hearing, Hathloul, 31, told reporters she hoped Riyadh’s Special Criminal Court would amend her sentence – her first public comments since her 2018 arrest. The court, however, ruled that it would stand.

Rights groups condemned the court’s decision.”

By failing to quash Loujain al-Hathloul’s conviction, the Saudi Arabian authorities have clearly demonstrated that they consider peaceful activism a crime,” said Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf.

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One of the major differences between Logan’s Warning and sites such as the Geller Report and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch are that I don’t $ell the public the fantasy that we have Muslims allies. Or that large groups of Muslims can be trusted. I tell the truth. One being that trusting Muslims is a 1400 year-old proven cultural suicide.