The Economist: If Loujain Al-Hathloul poses a threat to Saudi national security, then what about bin Salman?


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London – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”:

Under the title: “ Wheels of Injustice: Prison for Saudi Women Who Said That Women Should Drive a Car.” The Economist magazine published a report on the ruling against the Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, and said that the ban was lifted on women driving cars, but Al-Hathloul was imprisoned for five years.

The magazine said: “ If Loujain Al-Hathloul is guilty of trying to harm national security and serve a foreign agenda, according to the court’s allegations on December 28, then what about Mohammed bin Salman?”

As for Al-Hathloul, she added, “she was trying to end the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. And the de facto ruler of the country, Crown Prince Mohammed, lifted the ban some time before Al-Hathloul was arrested.

The magazine says that the Kingdom denies that the arrest of al-Hathloul is related to its leadership in a 2014 campaign to drive from the UAE to Saudi Arabia (which led to a period in prison), but its crime is that it tried to undermine the royal family by talking to international human rights organizations and foreign journalists, among others. Several counts. The list of original accusations, surprisingly, includes that Al-Hathloul stated, in her application to work for the United Nations, that she had spent time in prison and had spoken with European diplomats. In the end, she was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

The court suspended most of the sentence, and counted the years she spent in prison, which means that she will only serve three months. But according to her family, she suffered greatly while she was in detention.

In 2018, the Emirati security services in Abu Dhabi kidnapped Loujain Al-Hathloul and handed her over to Saudi Arabia, where she was arrested again with another group of activists. Her sister said she was tortured.

Bin Salman presents himself as a reformer who wants to enhance women’s power, but he gets upset when his subjects seek their rights. He is a thorny character just as he is cruel and unqualified.

Al-Hathloul was a well-known activist before her last arrest, and she is more famous today, and a popular star in the West.

In this case, international outrage may have played a role in deflecting the prince’s position. The kingdom waited until the end of the G20 summit it hosted this year to rule.

The court canceled the charges that Al-Hathloul contacted European embassies. She will be released after Trump, supporting the tyrants, leaves the White House. Joe Biden promised the president-elect to reconsider relations with the cruel kingdom.


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