Two activists in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday have been sentenced to prison on charges directly related to their human rights and political reform work.
Abdelrahman al-Hamid was sentenced to nine years in jail, banned from traveling and fined a little over $13,000 after being accused of illegally establishing a human rights organization, questioning the credibility and independence of the judiciary, disobeying the king and interfering with the national Saudi Human Rights Commission.
Al-Hamid who a founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, HASEM, is now the seventh of its founders serving time in a Saudi prison. Four other members are awaiting trials.
Abdelaziz al-Sinedi was sentenced to eight years in prison, banned from traveling for an additional eight years and fined after questioning the independence of the judiciary and saying that Saudi Arabia is a police state.