` Court in Riyadh Sentences Blogger to 15 years for Writing Articles against `State Security ‘ Posting Online ‘

#AceWorldNews – RIYADH – April 17 – A Special Criminal Court in the capital of Riyadh found 26-year-old Fadhel al-Manasef guilty of incitement and participation in demonstrations, writing articles against state security and posting them on-line.

He was sentenced to 15 years in jail, barred from travelling abroad for 15 years after his release, and also fined 100,000 riyals ($26,700). Manasef denied the charges and his lawyer plans to appeal the verdict.

Manasef has been in detention in a jail in Dammam since October 2011 but according to Human Rights Blog Fadhel Maki al-Manasif, 26, was arrested on 2 October near the town of Safwa in the Eastern Province. He has had no access to a lawyer or been allowed visits from his family.

Like many held in custody by the Saudi Arabian authorities, he is at risk of torture and other human rights violations http://human-rights.ws/saudi-arabia-detains-human-rights-activist-again/

“The Saudi Arabian authorities seem determined to stamp out any form of dissent in the country,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa

Amnesty International says a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist has been taken to court this weekend for calling for a constitutional monarchy Amnesty International was told. He will not bow to intimidation by the authorities.

Waleed Abu al-Khair, who has been studying in the UK but returned to his home country during Ramadan, was summoned to a court in Jeddah on Sunday. When he arrived at the courthouse, there was neither a judge nor a prosecutor present.

“The judge’s assistant brought out my file, and told me that I had insulted the judiciary and encouraged people in Saudi Arabia to go against the government. In the eyes of the Saudi judiciary, anyone who calls for a constitutional monarchy is guilty,” the 32 year-old said http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/saudi-activist-defiant-face-state-intimidation-2011-09-14

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