“When the state security asked her to sign the document for the video release, she immediately ripped the document,” Walid wrote. “She told them by asking me to sign this document you are involved in the cover up and you’re simply trying (to) defend Saud Al-Qahtani who was overseeing the torture.”
Activists have accused Qahtani, a former top advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, of involvement in the torture.
CNN’s attempts to reach Qahtani through the Saudi government were unsuccessful and Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the torture allegations.
Qahtani was removed from his post after he was implicated in the October 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Through a series of tweets and media interviews in recent months, Hathloul’s siblings have detailed alleged torture endured by the prominent women’s rights activist.
“My own baby sister said she is being whipped, beaten, electrocuted and harassed on a frequent basis,” he wrote. “She said that sometimes there are masked men who wake her up in the middle of the night to shout unimaginable threats.”
A job application to the UN that Hathloul once filled in was used as evidence against her, according to the charge sheet.
Riyadh previously denied allegations of torture in a statement to CNN following an initial HRW report alleging physical and sexual abuse against Hathloul and other detained female activists in November.
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