Amnesty says website blocked after Saudi leak

July 26, 2011 17:08

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Amnesty International said its website had been blocked in Saudi Arabia after the rights group published a leaked draft of an anti-terror law and accused the kingdom of planning to use the legislation to crush dissent.

Amnesty International published the draft law online on Friday, saying it would allow Saudi Arabia to detain suspects without charge for long periods and jail people for 10 years or more for criticising the king or crown prince.

Saudi Arabia rejected the accusation, saying the law was designed to stop terrorists, not protesters.

Amnesty said several journalists and human rights activists in the kingdom reported they could not access on Monday.

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