January 6, 2008
Saudi reformist arrested over blog
by Brian Turner
Saudi officials revealed on Tuesday that they had detained leading blogger Fouad al-Farhan.
Al-Farhan, operator of the Web site alfarhan.org, was arrested December 10. In an e-mail posted on the site since his arrest, he told friends that he faced arrest for his support of 10 reform advocates the Saudi government accuses of supporting terrorism.
The 32-year-old blogger is one of the few Saudi Web commentators who uses his own name. He was was arrested at his Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, office by government agents who also seized his laptop from his home, the organization said in a statement issued in late December.
Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Riyadh, told CNN that al-Farhan was jailed “because he violated the regulations of the kingdom.”
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