UN Human Rights Recipient, Saudi Arabia, Sentence Political Activist To Lashes And Prison

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Saudi activist sentenced to lashes and prison: rights group

RIYADH Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:29am EST

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah meets visitors in Riyadh November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Saudi Press Agency/Handout

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah [without his Viagra] meets visitors in Riyadh November 28, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Saudi Press Agency/Handout

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 (Reuters) – A Saudi judge sentenced a political activist to 300 lashes and four years in prison for calling for a constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia, his rights group said on Sunday.

Omar al-Saeed is the fourth member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) to be jailed this year after the group issued statements attacking the ruling family over its human rights record and calling for democracy.

Saeed did not have legal representation at the secret hearing when he was sentenced, ACPRA said in a statement on its website.

“It’s just another troubling instance of Saudi authorities’ absolute refusal to countenance any activism or criticism of Saudi policies or human rights abuses,”…

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