Lawyers jailed for judiciary criticism


A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticising the justice system on Twitter.

The Saudi Press Agency said the lawyers were convicted of disobeying the ruler and slandering the judicial system.

The lawyers reportedly accused courts of wrongfully convicting defendants and releasing corrupt people.

Officials warned social media users that they are being monitored and could get similar punishments as the lawyers.

The Arab Social Media Report says that 40% of all active Twitter users in the Arab world are based in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Shia protesters take part in a demonstration against the death sentence on prominent Shia cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr in the village of Awamiyah, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia (24 October 2014)

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