Saudi reformers face trial after 4-year detention

May 7, 2011 19:28


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DUBAI - Sixteen reform activists have been put on trial in Saudi Arabia on security and sedition charges after more than four years in detention, their lawyer said on Saturday.

The group of lawyers, professors, and activists were mostly detained in 2007 after they met in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah to discuss reform in the conservative Muslim kingdom, their lawyer Bassim Alim told Reuters by telephone from Jeddah.

The men were then held without charge for four years and interrogated without their lawyers, said Alim.

They had now been charged with attempting to seize power, incitement against the king, financing terrorism, electronic crimes, money laundering and trying to set up a party in the country where political groupings are banned, among other offenses, Alim said.

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