FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. Marieke Wijntjes/Handout via REUTERS

The family of a jailed Saudi women’s rights activist says she has refused a deal which would see her deny allegations of torture at the hands of prison guards in exchange for her freedom.
Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent activist in the women’s right to drive movement and also an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws, was detained alongside over a dozen other women’s rights activists in May 2018.
Reports by human rights groups indicate that a number of those jailed in the crackdown, including women, were tortured and sexually abused while in prison.
Lina Al-Hathloul on Tuesday said that her sister had been offered a deal in exchange for her release, and was told to deny the allegations of torture that have been brought forth.
On Wednesday, Al-Hathloul’s brother Walid said Saudi state security visited his sister in prison to ask her to sign a document which would have her testify on camera that the abuse did not occur.
But according to Walid, when approached by Saudi authorities to appear in a video denying the allegations, his sister “immediately ripped the document.”

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The family of a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist who was arrested over a year ago during a Saudi-state sanctioned crackdown on dissidents say she has refused a deal which would see her deny allegations of torture while in custody in exchange for freedom.

Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent activist in the women’s right to drive movement and also an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws, was detained alongside over a dozen other women’s rights activists in May 2018 just as the country was preparing to lift its ban on female drivers.

Many of those detained in the sweeping crackdown were held without formal …read more

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