Saudi democrat jailed for free speech

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi activist gets four-year jail term after secret trial

Wednesday 18 April 2012

A Saudi court has convicted a prominent rights activist of anti-state crimes and sentenced him to four years in prison, Amnesty revealed yesterday.

The London-based group said activist Mohammed al-Bajady had been tried in secret.

Mr Bajady was detained a year ago and is believed to have been on hunger strike for six weeks.

He was reportedly found guilty of participating in the establishment of a human rights organisation, harming the image of the state through the media, calling on the families of political detainees to protest and hold sit-ins, contesting the independence of the judiciary and having banned books in his possession.

The verdict was pronounced during a secret court session on April 10, according to Amnesty.

Spokesman Philip Luther said: “Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady appears to have been convicted on charges that amount to the criminalisation of his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.”

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