Saudi Arabia: 13 women on trial for Buraydah protests

The women participated in protests after answering calls on social media with slogans to overthrow the regime. (AP)

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh held the first hearing in the against 13 Saudi women, among them sisters, on charges of participating in rallies, protests and demonstrations in Buraydah in the al-Qassim region.

The public prosecutor said that the women have participated in protests after answering calls on social media with slogans to overthrow the regime and burn photos of the minister of interior.

The public prosecutor asked the warden to legally condemn them and charge them with charges, including imposing a travel ban.

Two lawyers attended the hearing representing four of the accused women. Thirteen other women who were earlier released refused to appear before the judge.

The judge confirmed during the hearing that was attended by Al Arabiya and many other media outlets that the 13 accused should be present in the next hearing as he requested to hear their direct response to the accusations.

When one of the lawyers said that he could not confirm their presence in the next hearing due to the distance beween Qassim and Riyadh, the judge vowed to provide housing and tickets to facilitate their attendance.

After handing them the list of charges, the judge called on the lawyers of the four ladies to have a detailed response within a month.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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