Saudi Arabia jails alleged satirist ‘identified in Twitter infiltration’

Saudi Arabia jails alleged satirist ‘identified in Twitter infiltration’

The Guardian

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Activist claims 2014 breach led to aid worker being sentenced to 20 years over parody account

A Saudi court’s decision to sentence an aid worker to 20 years in prison for allegedly using a satirical Twitter account to mock the Riyadh government has been linked to the infiltration of Twitter by Saudi agents in 2014, in a case that has drawn the attention of senior US officials.

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, a 37-year-old aid worker with the Red Crescent, was sentenced by Saudi Arabia’s specialised criminal court, and given an additional 20-year travel ban, following allegations that he used a popular parody account to mock the Saudi government.

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