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Saudi Arabia Sentenced A Woman To 34 Years In Prison For Tweeting
A student from Saudi Arabia at Leeds University was sentenced to 34 years imprisonment for creating a Twitter account, following dissidents, and retweeting them.
Salma al-Shehab (34), a mother of young children, was initially sentenced to three years for
the "crime of using an Internet website to cause public unrest and destabilize national security."
However, after the public prosecutor requested, a court of appeals imposed a new sentence: 34 years imprisonment followed by a 34-year travel ban.
The Guardian obtained a translation from court records and found that Shehab was accused of
"assisting those who seek to cause public unrest, destabilize civil or national security by
following the accounts of these individuals"
and retweeting their tweets. However, Shehab could still appeal the case.
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