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Woman sentenced to 6 yrs in Saudi for 'protest campaigns'

In a separate case, a man was jailed for three years for insulting the government on websites

Woman sentenced to 6 yrs in Saudi for 'protest campaigns'
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A Riyadh court has sentenced the organiser of women’s protest campaigns in the kingdom to six years in prison, it was reported.

The court found the person guilty of taking part in various banned activities including sit-ins, demonstrations and public gatherings, Arab News reported.

The sentence also included a six-year travel ban.

The newspaper said the court sentenced another defendant to three years in jail for insulting the government and trying to instigate people to oppose King Abdullah with postings on several websites.

However, he was spared a travel ban after successfully arguing that he had only one year left to complete his PhD studies overseas.

The judge reportedly said the punishment was to reform the man.

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