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A FEMALE STUDENT JAILED FOR 34 YEARS FOR USING TWITTER IN SAUDI ARABIA.



A 34-year-old Saudi student at Leeds University, Salma al-Shebab, has been sentenced to 34 years imprisonment for using a Twitter account and for following and retweeting dissident activists.
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The mother of two was arrested in January 2021 while on holiday in Saudi Arabia just as she planned to return to the United Kingdom, where she was a PhD student at the University of Leeds.
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It was reported that she was accused of using Twitter to ’cause public unrest and dest@bilise civil and national security’ after she posted tweets calling for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Al-Shebab, who has two young sons aged four and six, was earlier sentenced to six years in prison but a Saudi terr@rism court, on Monday, increased her jail term to 34 years after the activist appealed her sentence.
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She is said to also be facing a 34-year travel ban upon the expiration of her jail term.

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