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June 17, 2019
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Saudi Arabia set to put detained women’s rights activists on trial

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is all set to put on trial the detained women right activist after completing an investigation against them.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is preparing for the trials of detainees, state news agency SPA said.

The report provided few details but referenced a June 2018 statement which said that nine people – five men and four women – were arrested and held on suspicion of harming the country’s interests and offering support to hostile elements abroad.

At the time, international rights groups reported the detention of at least 11 prominent activists, mostly women who previously campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system.

Some of the detained persons were released later. Right activists said several of the detained women were held in solitary confinement for months and were subjected to torture and sexual harassment.

A Saudi official has said the allegations of mistreatment and torture of the female detainees were “false … and have no connection to the truth”.