EDITION: US | UK | Canada
Thecapitalpost.com - Breaking, International, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Technology and Video NewsThecapitalpost.com - Breaking, International, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Technology and Video News
Sign In|Sign Up
 
 
Bridging The Gap
'Shrouded in secrecy': Saudi women activists' trial hearing delayed
  Thursday 18 April, 2019
\'Shrouded in secrecy\': Saudi women activists\' trial hearing delayed

A court in Saudi Arabia has postponed a hearing in the trial of several of the country's most prominent women's rights activists, officials say.

Some relatives were told that the judge had delayed the session for "private reasons", Reuters news agency said.

The women were arrested last May and charged with offences including spying.

They had been campaigning for an end to the country's male guardianship system and for the right to drive, before the ban was lifted last June.

Since then, horrific details have emerged of their alleged mistreatment at the hands of the Saudi authorities.

On Tuesday, Walid al-Hathloul, the brother of one of the best-known activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, told the BBC his sister was so traumatised by what had happened to her that she wanted to remain in jail, afraid of how her reputation had been unfairly smeared in her absence.

He said that following her arrest Ms Hathloul had been taken to a secret detention facility near the maximum security prison of Dhahban in Jeddah. There, she told her family, she was taken down to a basement and subjected to waterboarding and electrocution.

He named Saud al-Qahtani, a close confidant of the Saudi Crown Prince, as the man who oversaw her torture, allegedly laughing as he threatened to have her raped and murdered.
'Shrouded in secrecy'

In February, a group of British MPs carried out an investigation, supported by a number of international human rights organisations, into the allegations of mistreatment of Ms Hathloul and other female activists. They concluded that the allegations were credible.

In March the UN's Human Rights Council called for their release and more than 30 countries, including all 28 EU members, signed a statement condemning their prolonged detention.

The Saudi government says the detained women enjoy all the rights afforded to them under Saudi law.

But Mr Hathloul said everything about his sister's arrest and detention had been shrouded in secrecy and that the entire judicial process lacked transparency. It was not until November 2018, he said, six months after her arrest, that the family even learned what she was accused of.
More on women's rights in Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia's enduring male guardianship system
'Why I fled Saudi Arabia and sought asylum in the UK'
Saudi Arabia puts women's rights activists on trial

The accusations, he said, included "applying for a job at the UN and being in contact with human rights organisations". He added that the prosecution had not produced any evidence to support its allegation of spying.

While Saudi Arabia rejects all criticism of its judicial system, insisting it is based on Sharia (Islamic law), in practice it has always been opaque, with arbitrary judgements often handed down at the whim of a judge.

This case has attracted particularly widespread international condemnation and is seen as further damaging the reputation of Saudi Arabia's controversial Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47956124

Bookmark and Share
 
Post Your Comments:
Name :
*
City / State:
*
Email address:
*
Type your comments:
*
Enter Security Code:   


 Latest News »
 
  Trump retreats on citizenship ...
  Cities with the biggest Fourth...
  Donald Trump meets Kim Jong Un...
  Supreme Court blocks 2020 cens...
  A US attack could be imminent ...
  Donald Trump formally launches...
  Donald Trump talks health care...
  Tree planted by Trump and Macr...
  Queen Elizabeth greets Donald ...
  Donald Trump to formally decla...
  Trump: I was 'not informed' ab...
  President blasts Biden, Democr...
  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson sign...
  Trump attacks Rep. Amash as a ...
  Donald Trump says 'controversi...
  'We would like to get to yes:'...
  Melania Trump hosts the 141st ...
  Donald Trump golfs with Rush L...
  Donald Trump to campaign in Wi...
  Trump celebrates Fox Business ...
 

Washington, DC

  2010 The Capital Post. All rights reserved.