A women’s rights activist has been jailed in Saudi Arabia. His name is Luzin al-Hadalulun. The 31-year-old woman has been in jail for 2 and a half years.
According to the BBC, Luzin al-Hadalulun campaigned for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia. In 2016, he and a number of other activists were arrested on charges of getting links with hostile organizations within the country. Luzin al-Hadalulun is currently being held within the highest security prison. International human rights groups have involved in his release.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s special court sentenced Luzin al-Hadalulun to quite five years in prison. Terrorist cases are pending during this court. the decision was handed down within the wake of allegations of the national security breach and implementation of foreign agenda.
The court sentenced Luzin al-Hadalulun to 5 years and 6 months in prison. Of these, 2 years and 10 months imprisonment has been suspended. However, the accused and his family have denied all allegations. They also said that Luzin al-Hadalulun was being tortured in prison. However, the court rejected this claim.
Luzin al-Hadalulun was detained in 2016, just weeks before Saudi women were allowed to drive. However, Saudi authorities have repeatedly said that the arrest of Luzin had nothing to try to to with the incident.
Meanwhile, human rights experts say that the trial of Luzin al-Hadalulun didn’t meet international standards. Last November, Amnesty International condemned the transfer of the case against him to a special court. At the time, Amnesty said, it had exposed the “cruelty and deception” of the Saudi authorities.