Saudi Activist Arrested Over ‘Unauthorized’ Gathering

Agence France-Presse:

Saudi authorities detained prominent rights activist Waleed Abu Al Khair on Wednesday for setting up an “unauthorized” gathering hall where he held meetings with reformists in the absolute monarchy, his wife said.

Abu Al Khair, was taken into custody for setting up “an unauthorized diwaniah,” or gathering place, and “due to his relations with the reformists and for hosting them in our diwaniah,” Samar Badawi said.

The activist has been on trial over two other cases: disrespecting the judiciary and contacting foreign human rights organizations.