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Saudi prosecutors say women's rights activists to face trial

DUBAI: Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have referred detained girls's rights activists to trial, announcing the ones charged "enjoy all rights preserved by the laws in the kingdom" once they have been reportedly tortured in custody.
Prosecutors issued the statement on late Friday, referring to their previous June statement that marked the activists' arrest simply sooner than Saudi Arabia granted girls the fitting to pressure.

Prosecutors alleged the ones arrested had the "aim to undermine the kingdom's security, stability and national unity." Several other folks with knowledge in their arrest have informed The Associated Press that one of the girls detained had been subjected to caning, electrocution and sexual attack. All spoke on condition of anonymity for concern of reprisal and to give protection to private details about the detainees.

The Saudi executive did not reply to questions about the girls's circumstances early on Saturday.

However, the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, owned by means of a Saudi media crew long associated with the Al Saud royal family, revealed a tale on Saturday quoting a deputy prosecutor denying the ones detained had been tortured.

The newspaper quoted deputy prosecutor Shalaan bin Rajih al-Shalaan as announcing the detained face charges over cooperating with the ones "hostile to the kingdom" and for allegedly recruiting "persons in a sensitive government entity to obtain information and official documents." He did not elaborate, nor did he offer evidence to beef up the costs.

The girls, who include activists in their 20s as well as mothers, grandmothers and retired professors, had been accused of imprecise national safety violations in reference to their human rights work.

Canadian criticism of the arrests noticed Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties to Ottawa.

Human rights groups have criticized the arrests, which come amid a chain of crackdowns led by means of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.

"The Saudi prosecution is bringing charges against the women's rights activists instead of releasing them unconditionally," said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "The Saudi authorities have done nothing to investigate serious allegations of torture, and now, it's the women's rights activists, not any torturers, who face criminal charges and trials."

The kingdom additionally faces fashionable international criticism over the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, allegedly by means of members of Prince Mohammed's entourage, as well as over its years long struggle in Yemen.

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