Saudi Prosecutor Seeks Maximum Jail Term for Women’s Rights Activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor is now seeking a maximum jail term of 20 years for prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor is now seeking a maximum jail term of 20 years for prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, on Wednesday.

Loujain al-Hathloul has been known for advocating women’s rights in the Kingdom including women’s right to drive and calling for the abolition of the male guardianship system.

She was charged in March 2019 for said works but was arrested and detained since May 2018.

Authorities later transferred her case just last month, from the criminal court to the Specialised Criminal Court which handles terrorism cases, according to the Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Adam Coogle said, “The Saudi authorities are trying to publicly stigmatize Loujain al-Hathloul as a ‘spy’ or worse, but no amount of spin can hide the ugly truth behind their mockery of a legal process.”

Al-Hathloul’s sister Lina demands for her sister’s release and said, “They say she is a terrorist – in reality she is a humanitarian, an activist and a woman who simply wants a better fairer world.”

The state is expected to deliver al-Hathloul’s sentence on Monday.


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