Egyptian lawyer sentenced to jail in Saudi Arabia

17 January 2013

Incident caused diplomatic row in April

An Egyptian human rights lawyer has been jailed for five years and sentenced to 300 lashes in Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed al-Gizawi was convicted by a court in Jeddah for carrying anti-anxiety medication which is banned in Saudi Arabia. The lawyer had been arrested in April at Jeddah airport with Xanax, the anti-anxiety drug banned in the kingdom.

The case resulted in a deterioration in diplomatic relations between the two countries, which involved Egyptians protesting and Saudi Arabia recalling its ambassador from Cairo.

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