December 23, 2013
An anti-government protester in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 30 years’ jail and fined SR150,000 ($40,000), according to the Saudi Gazette.
The man, whose name and nationality were not reported, was convicted in the Special Penal Court in Riyadh of wielding a pistol and machine-gun and firing at armoured security vehicles during two demonstrations.
The dates of the demonstrations were not reported. The most recent protests were in November when scores of expatriates rallied in a poor suburb of Riyadh against the kingdom’s push to remove hundreds of thousands of illegal workers. Two people died during the protests.