Saudi Twitter User Faces Jail for Anti-Monarchy Tweets

Global Voices reports on the case of Bader Thawab, a Saudi Twitter user who was reportedly arrested last September after posting a tweet that said “Down with Al Saud.” Journalist Iman al-Qahtani published a leaked copy of the list of charges he is facing. According to the leaked document, the government is accusing Thawab of “writing statements in social media website Twitter that incite public opinion and disturb national unity and following tempters and disobeying the ruler.” The public prosecutor is pushing for punishment based on the Anti-Cyber Crime Law. If convicted, Thawab could be sentenced to up to five years in jail and a fine of up to SR 3 million.