Jailed Saudi activist told to deny torture in release ‘deal’ Aug 14, 2019 0 164 12345 AFPDubaiSaudi authorities have offered to release jailed activist Loujain al Hathloul in exchange for her video testimony denying that she had been tortured and sexually harassed in prison, her family claimed on Tuesday.“The Saudi state security has visited my sister in prison recently. They have asked her to... appear on video to deny the torture and harassment,” her brother Walid al Hathloul said on Twitter. “That was part of a deal to release her.”Hathloul, who recently marked her 30th birthday in jail, is among around a dozen of prominent women activists who are currently facing trial after being detained last year in a sweeping crackdown on dissent.Hathloul was among a few detainees who accused interrogators of torture and sexual harassment, a charge vehemently denied by the government.Her brother said she had initially agreed to sign a document denying that she had been tortured, as a precondition for her release. He added that her family had intended to keep the deal secret.But state security officials visited her again to prison to demand a video testimony.“Asking to appear on a video and to deny the torture doesn’t sound like a realistic demand,” Walid tweeted. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Qatar’s 1st snow-themed park Snow Dunes opens Aug 14, 2019 0 3694 Entertainment shows at malls a hit among kids this Eid Aug 14, 2019 0 453 MME removes abandoned vehicles from Industrial Zone Aug 14, 2019 0 478 Fully prepared for start of new school year, says official QNA Doha The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has completed all preparations and arrangements for the start of the new academic year. Administrative and teaching staff will resume duty on August 20, while .. Dazzling fireworks at Katara Dazzling fireworks light up the sky as hundreds of people thronged Katara Cultural Village on the third day of Eid Al Adha festivities on Tuesday. A large number of people turned up at Katara to take part in various .. Qatar slams Philippines attack QNA Doha Qatar has condemned the attack in the southern Philippines that resulted in a number of deaths. In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar’s firm stance rejecting violence and .. UK might release seized oil tanker soon, says Iran Iran’s port authority has said the UK might free its seized oil tanker after some documents were exchanged that would help secure its release. British Royal Marines last month seized the vessel off the shore of Gibraltar ..