Saudi Arabia jails man 13 years for criticising state policies


A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a citizen to 13 years in jail for promoting Hezbollah in his Friday sermons, Sabq local online news has reported.

The court ruled that the convict in his sermons criticised Gulf and Arab countries as well as the domestic and foreign policies of Saudi Arabia.

It added that the convict, through his sermons preached against Saudi law which banned Friday sermons capable of inciting the people against the policies of the state.

The convict was also accused of posting his sermons on his website.

Besides the sentence, the court ordered that the website be shut down and imposed 13 years travel ban on the convict after serving his penalty.



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  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Let the Saudi Royal establishment be informed that, it is now too late to muzzle dissent in their country. The Royal Kingdom has laid the extreme form of Islam through their extreme understanding of Islam. Any understanding that is different from their, is regarded as apostasy. In principle, the Saudi Royal Kingdom is mixing the Islamic religion to the continued existence of their power. They are jittery about losing that power. That is the same with the other Gulf Royal families. Therefore, the real issue now dominating the Middle Eastern countries, that is pushing them to crush any dissenting voice in their countries, is the fear of losing power. Their actions have nothing to do with the Islamic religion, rather, it is helping those enemies of the religion to be happy.

    • Dr Abba