Saudi women’s rights activist Samar Badawi appears in court


Prominent women’s rights activists including Samar Badawi appeared in a Saudi court on Thursday over charges linked to their human rights activism.

Badawi is the sister of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for criticism of officials in the kingdom.

It was the first time Samar Badawi had appeared in court since her arrest on July 30, 2018. She was apprehended along with Nassima al-Sadah, a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, and Amal al-Harbi.

It was unclear how many detained activists would appear. The European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights said Thursday’s hearing was taking place in the Specialized Criminal Court, a counter-terrorism court that often tries activists and political dissidents.

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