A 47-year-old Saudi teacher, Asaad bin Nasser Al-Ghamdi, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his opinions, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Al-Ghamdi was arrested in November 2022 in a nighttime raid on his home in the al-Hamdaneyah neighbourhood of the port city of Jeddah.

He was convicted on May 29 by Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court, of several criminal offenses related solely to his peaceful expression online.