Saudi Gets 5-Year Jail Term for Calling Royal Court Corrupt on TV

Published February 8th, 2018 - 12:44 GMT
Notably, since making the comments, al-Shehi has not used his Twitter account or had any articles published in Al-Watan (Shutterstock/File)
Notably, since making the comments, al-Shehi has not used his Twitter account or had any articles published in Al-Watan (Shutterstock/File)

A Saudi court on Thursday slapped a Saudi citizen with a travel ban and five years behind bars for “offending the [Saudi] royal court” in a television interview, the official Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported.

While the broadcaster did not give the name of the sentenced individual, a number of Saudi online activists have identified him as Saleh al-Shehi, a writer for Saudi daily Al-Watan.

In televised comments on Dec. 8, al-Shehi described Saudi government institutions -- including the royal court -- as “sources of administrative corruption and very bad behavior.”

Notably, since making the comments, al-Shehi has not used his Twitter account or had any articles published in Al-Watan.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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