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Saudi man sentenced to death for online posts

An honor guard member is covered by the flag of Saudi Arabia, in Washington, on March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
An honor guard member is covered by the flag of Saudi Arabia, in Washington, on March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

A Saudi court has sentenced a man to death over his posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, and his activity on YouTube, the latest in a widening crackdown on dissent in the kingdom that has drawn international criticism.

The judgement against Mohammed bin Nasser al-Ghamdi, seen Wednesday by The Associated Press, comes against the backdrop of doctoral student Salma al-Shehab and others facing prison sentences of decades over their comments online.

The sentences appear part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s wider effort to stamp out any defiance in the kingdom as he pursues massive building projects and other diplomatic deals to raise his profile globally.

“Al-Ghamdi’s death sentence over tweets is extremely horrific but stands in line with the Saudi authorities’ escalating crackdown,” says Lina Alhathloul, the head of monitoring and advocacy at the London-based advocacy group ALQST.

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