The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia sentenced Sheikh Saleh Al Talib, the former imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, to 10 years in prison.

Democracy for the Arab World Now (DON), a US-based organization that works on democracy in the Arab world, announced the verdict in a tweet. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey, was the founder of this organization.

A special court in Riyadh overturned Sheikh Saleh Al Talib’s acquittal and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, Dawn tweeted.

Saudi authorities arrested Al Talib in August 2018. However, the reason for his arrest has not been officially disclosed by the government.

However, Al Talib criticized a sermon concert and some events. He said that all those events are not in accordance with the religious rules of Saudi Arabia.

Over the past few years, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been working to reform Saudi Arabia and adopt a different economy to reduce its dependence on oil.

In a statement, Dawn spokesman Abdullah said that only those imams who criticize Mohammed bin Salman’s reforms are being punished with intimidation.

Recently, a Saudi court sentenced a woman named Salma-al-Sehab to 34 years in prison for criticizing the policies adopted by the Saudi government in a tweet.

(26 Aug)