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Saudi Court sentences Woman to 45 years in prison over social media posts

A Saudi Court has sentenced a woman, Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani to 45 years in prison for using social media to express her opinions, a rights group said on Tuesday.

Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani, a Saudi citizen, has been handed a lengthy prison sentence by the notorious Specialised Criminal Court (SCC), which convicted her of “using the internet to tear [Saudi Arabia’s] social fabric”.

The information was revealed to the UK’s Guardian by Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), a Washington DC-based organization founded by the assassinated Washington Post and Middle East Eye journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Abdullah Alaoudh, Dawn’s Gulf director, said Qahtani appears to have been sentenced for “simply tweeting her opinions”.

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