Human Rights Defenders sentenced to 7 and 14 years by Saudi Court

Saudi terrorism court sentenced two human rights defenders to 7 and 14 years in prison for creating a human rights group

This morning, January 25, 2018, the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) handed down jail sentences of seven years for rights activist Abdullah bin Mudhhi al-Atawi and 14 years for rights activist Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Oteibi on charges relating to their peaceful activism, notably the founding of an NGO, the Union for Human Rights.

The two men received a phone call on October 20, 2016 informing them that there was a case against them in the SCC, the Saudi court that handles terrorism cases, and informing them of the date of the first hearing.

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