Eleven female Saudi Arabian activists have appeared in court in Riyadh for the latest hearing in their trial on unspecified charges relating to their human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats. Some of the charges fall under an article of the kingdom’s cybercrime law stipulating jail sentences of up to five years
Reporters and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the courtroom and escorted from the building.
The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor’s office previously announced that the group undertook “coordinated activity to undermine the security, stability and social peace of the kingdom”.
The women’s families say some of those detained in the crackdown were subjected to physical and psychological torture, including electric shocks, flogging and sexual abuse.