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Saudi court upholds rights activist’s 8-year jail term

In a statement released on Wednesday, the [Persian] Gulf Center for Human Rights ([P]GCHR) announced the ruling against Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, a founding member of the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA).

The verdict, which came following a Tuesday hearing by the Specialized Criminal Court, will also bar Shubaily from writing on social media and impose a travel ban on the activist for eight years after his release, the statement added.

It further went on to assess the ruling as similar to the previous one issued in May 2016.

Shubaily was accused of a range of charges, such as calling for demonstrations in the kingdom, being a member of the ACPRA and accusing judges of rights violations as well as preparing, storing and sending data affecting public order.

He had earlier refused to recognize the court dealing with his case, arguing, “human rights and people that have views should not be tried and convicted of terrorist offenses as the Saudi government is doing now using the Law for Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing.”

Elsewhere in its statement, the [P]GCHR condemned the ruling, which it said was issued following “a mock trial that did not follow international standards and due process.”

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