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Saudi Arabia: Academic held in secret at risk of flogging

, Index number: MDE 23/021/2009

Khalid al-Zahrani, a university academic, was arrested by security forces on his return to Saudi Arabia on 30 June 2009. His place of detention has not been disclosed. He was sentenced in November 2007 to 600 lashes and eight months' imprisonment after being convicted of forming a relationship with a female academic and influencing her divorce. He is a prisoner of conscience and risks being flogged.

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