Saudi Arabia sentenced a woman to 34 years in prison for tweeting

Alex Castro / The Verge

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for retweeting activists through her Twitter account and sharing posts that spoke in favor of the right of women to drive. Salma al-Shehab was a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds in the UK and was detained in January 2021 after returning to Saudi Arabia for a vacation.

Shehab was initially sentenced to six years for using social media to “disturb public order and destabilize the security and stability of the state,” based on having reshared tweets from Saudi activists living in exile who called for the release of political prisoners in the kingdom.

The incident was reported in an editorial board piece from The Washington Post, which called it “yet another glimpse at the brutal…

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Author: Corin Faife