New York Times News Service, Beirut
Updated Fri, 27 Nov 2020 4:56 AM IST
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She was arrested in 2018 on charges of campaigning for women’s rights, efforts to change the country’s political system, talks with foreign journalists, ambassadors and human rights organizations. His sister Leena Al Hatlul said that after a year and eight months of trial, the criminal court now told that the matter does not belong to her jurisdiction. Last week, Minister of State for External Affairs Adil Al Zubair said that Hatlul was arrested not for being a women’s rights activist but for national security.
Deceit is fraud
Human rights organizations termed the ongoing hearing in Saudi Arabia as fraud. Adam Kougall, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Arab countries, does not expect fairness, calling it a drama.
Who is lujin al hatlul
Lujin al-Hatlul was recognized for breaking the restrictions placed on women by the Saudi Arabian monarchy. He broke the ban on women driving cars several times, and was arrested. In June 2018, when the co-ban was lifted, the government further arrested him so that people would not understand that the ban was lifted under his pressure.
Even the newspapers of Saudi Arabia published a ‘traitor’ on his picture. Hatlut went on a hunger strike against ill-treatment in prison, but the jailer did not let him sleep for two weeks to harass him, fed up with the oppression and had to end the strike.