Saudi reformists jailed for sedition

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced three prominent reform activists to jail terms ranging from six to nine years.

    The defendants asked for a constitutional monarchy

    Lawyers and relatives said on Sunday that Ali al-Dimaini was sentenced to nine years, Abd Allah al-Hamed to seven years and Matruk al-Falih to six years.

    The three were convicted of "stirring up sedition and disobeying the ruler," Dimaini's wife, Fawzia al-Uyuni, said.

    The three men were arrested in March 2004 after signing petitions calling for Saudi Arabia's absolute monarchy to move to a constitutional model and speed up political reforms.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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