Saudi court adjourns high-profile hearing in trial of women activists - Daily Qudrat Global

Saudi court adjourns high-profile hearing in trial of women activists

RIYADH: A Saudi court on Wednesday adjourned a hearing in the trial of 11 women activists that has drawn international censure, officials said, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

The activists, among them Loujain al-Hathloul who has accused her interrogators of sexual abuse and torture during nearly a year in custody, face charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats, and human rights groups.

A panel of three judges at the Riyadh criminal court had been expected to examine their response to the charges, filed earlier this month, and possibly announce sentences for some women. But police officers at the courthouse turned away Western media and diplomats — already barred from attending previous sessions of the high-profile trial — saying the hearing had been adjourned. No explanation was given and it remains unclear when the trial will resume.

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