Tunisian doctor sentenced to 15 years in jail by Saudi court for expressing support for Hezbollah

Tunisian doctor sentenced to 15 years in jail by Saudi court for expressing support for Hezbollah

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 51-year-old Tunisian doctor residing in Saudi Arabia to 15 years in prison for her interaction with a Twitter post that supports Hezbollah.

The brother of the Tunisian doctor, who resides in Saudi Arabia, said that she had been sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of insulting the ruling system there and transgressing the regime through social networking sites.
In an interview with Al-Jawharah FM, He added that his sister had been working in Saudi Arabia since 2008 and had been arrested in 2020, accused of interacting with a Twitter post that supported Hezbollah.

He explained that contacts with her were cut off, adding that the investigations continued with her for a whole year, then she was sentenced to two years in prison and 8 months, suspended for one year, before the verdict was appealed by the lawyer appointed by the Saudi authorities and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He confirmed that they contacted the Tunisian Consulate several times to help them, but to no avail, calling on the President of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene.

Earlier, the Independent reported that hundreds of UK professors and students have urged the government to take “urgent action” to free a student and women’s rights activist from prison in Saudi Arabia.

Salma Al-Shehab was sentenced to 34 years behind bars last month for having a Twitter account and for sharing posts from activists.

In the same regard, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR)) has revealed that a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced activist Nasser Al-Mubarak to 16 years in prison for sharing a post on Twitter.

It is worth noting that the Saudi authorities have arrested many local Imams since Mohammed Bin Salman became Crown Prince and the country’s de facto ruler, including Salman Al-Awda, Ali Al-Omari and Awad Al-Qarni.

The Saudi Criminal Court issued a 45-year prison sentence for 50-year-old Saudi citizen Noura Al-Qahtani, after convicting her of a number of alleged crimes. These included using the internet and social media to “spread lies” about the Kingdom and its leaders.

In recent months, a Saudi appeals court sentenced mother of two Salma Al-Shehab, a doctoral student at the University of Leeds, to 34 years in prison, because of her Twitter account. She was arrested and convicted when she returned to Saudi Arabia for a holiday.

Source: Agencies

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