Saudi Arabia to probe allegations that women activists tortured


RIYADH — The public prosecutor is investigating allegations that several women’s rights activists have been tortured in Saudi jail, according to three people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.

The torture, including electric shocks, allegedly occurred over the summer in an unknown location, according to four people, As Bloomberg mentioned.

The prosecutor’s office entered the picture after the government’s Human Rights Commission conducted its own investigation, first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors visited the activists in prison to take their testimony about physical and verbal abuse, as they say they’ve endured since they were detained in May, the people said. — SG