Buildings are seen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo)
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A Saudi court has sentenced human rights activists Mohammad al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi to 14 and seven years in prison respectively, rights group Amnesty International reported Thursday.The Saudi activists had faced charges including setting up an independent organization and making statements harmful to the kingdom.Amnesty said Otaibi and Attawi were the first human rights defenders sentenced under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.An absolute monarchy, Saudi Arabia bans political parties and public forms of protest and has sentenced members of a civil rights organization who campaigned for a constitutional monarchy to decades in prison.
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