Saudi lawyers fined for critical tweets
Three lawyers in Saudi Arabia have been fined a total of US$266,667 for sending out tweets which were critical of the Ministry of Justice.
The three - Abdulrahman Al Rumaih, Abdulrahman Al Sobaihi and Bander Alnogaithan, a Harvard Law School graduate - have also been ordered to give a formal apology to the Justice Minister. They were accused of sending tweets that ‘damage the reputation of the justice apparatus’ by their tweets and retweets of cartons and articles that made jokes at the expense of some judges. But the three are being supported by colleagues. One tweet put up on Twitter read: ‘Unjust verdict against honest lawyers. They won’t pay one riyal from their pockets as other honest lawyers are behind them.’ Source: Wall Street Journal