A women’s rights activist has been waterboarded, electrocuted and threatened with rape while in prison in Saudi Arabia, her brother has claimed.


Loujain al-Hathloul, 29, is one of 11 women on trial in the kingdom for protesting against the country’s male guardianship system and the now-overturned ban on women driving.

Walid al-Hathloul, Ms Hathloul’s brother, told the BBC that her torture has been overseen by Saud al-Qahtani, a confidant of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who is also implicated in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She alleges that Mr Qahtani laughed as he threatened to have her raped and murdered. Mr Hathloul added that his sister is so traumatised by her treatment at the high-security Dhahban prison in Jeddah that she wants…  Read More

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