DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia say they have referred detained women’s rights activists to trial and that those charged “enjoy all rights preserved by the laws in the kingdom” after them being reportedly tortured in custody.
Prosecutors issued the statement late Friday night, referring to their earlier June statement that announced the activists’ arrest just before Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive.
Prosecutors alleged those arrested had the “aim to undermine the kingdom’s security, stability and national unity.”
Several people with knowledge of their arrest have told The Associated Press that some of the women detained have been subjected to caning, electrocution and others were also sexually assaulted. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal and to protect personal details about the detainees.
The Associated Press