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Meghan Markle's co-humanitarian worker jailed in Saudi, faces upto 20 years in prison

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 May 2018, 14:31 IST
Markle poses with Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, poet Fatima Bhutto, and women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul in front of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill

The 28-year-old high profile feminists from Saudi Arabia, Loujain al-Hathloul who attended a humanitarian summit last year in Canada along with Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry on Saturday is in-prison in Saudi and could face up to 20 years jail. 

Hathloul was stopped near the university in Abu Dhabi in 2014 for trying to drive across the border to Saudi Arabia. She was arrested and detained for 73 days but was released later.

She was again detained while driving on a highway near her university in Abu Dhabi. This crackdown happened when Crown Prince of Saudi Mohammed bin Salman was on a visit to the United States in March this year touting reform.

She was banned from using social media and even not allowed to leave the country as the Crown Prince was out for three-week public relations in the US. Hathloul's last tweet was on March 12.

Till now seven Saudi residents have been detained that includes five women and two men. They are booked for "suspicious contact with foreign parties" and undermining the "security and stability" of Saudi Arabia.

On May 15, Hathloul's house was raided and she was taken to al-Hair prison, shared an activist in London. Along with Hathloul other women's rights campaigner have been arrested and detained and can be jailed for 20 years.

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First published: 21 May 2018, 14:24 IST