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Detained since 2018, now Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is handed a 5-year sentence

December 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights activists, has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison by the kingdom's special court for terrorism offenses, according to her family.

(CNN)Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights activists, has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison by the kingdom's special court for terrorism offenses, according to her family.

The sentence includes a two-year and 10-month suspension, in addition to time she has already served, paving the way for Hathloul to be released in two months' time, according to a statement released by her family on Monday.

In a statement on Monday, her sister Lina said Hathloul had been charged, tried and convicted using counter-terrorism laws in a rushed trial that "failed to provide evidence beyond Loujain's well noted activism and failed to properly investigate the torture Loujain endured in prison. "

Activist Hathloul will remain on probation for three years following her release, during which time she could be arrested for any perceived illegal activity, according to the family's statement.

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