Saudi sentences 2 activists to prison for 8 and 9 years respectively for reform calls

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A Saudi human rights lawyer says two activists have been sentenced to prison in the kingdom on a range of charges related to their rights work and calls for political reform.

Abdelrahman al-Hamid was sentenced to nine years in jail, banned from traveling abroad after his release for another nine years and fined 50,000 Saudi riyals ($13,300). Al-Hamid was a founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights.

Abdelaziz al-Sinedi was sentenced to eight years in prison, banned from traveling for another eight years and also fined. He was active on Twitter and signed petitions calling for reform.

The lawyer, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal, told The Associated Press Wednesday that both were sentenced Tuesday by Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court.