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Saudi activist defiant in face of state intimidation

14 September 2011 A Saudi human rights activist taken to court after calling for reforms says he will continue to speak out against repression. A prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist taken to court this weekend for calling for a constitutional monarchy told Amnesty International he will not bow to intimidation by the authorities.Waleed Abu al-Khair, who has been studying in the UK but returned to his home country during Ramadan, was summoned to a court in Jeddah on Sunday. When he arrived at the courthouse, there was neither a judge nor a prosecutor present. “The judge’s assistant…

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