Group: Saudi activist imprisoned for rights letter

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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:00 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A rights group says a court in Saudi Arabian has sentenced a prominent lawyer to three months in prison for signing a statement calling for reforms in the kingdom.

The statement signed by human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair and around 50 others condemned long prison sentences given to reformists, called for the right to peaceful assembly and for an end to police shootings of Shiite Muslim protesters in eastern Saudi Arabia. It was signed in 2011 during the height of the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled autocratic governments across the region.

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