On Eve Of Usyk-Joshua Rematch, Saudi Lady Given 34 Yr Jail Sentence For Her Tweets

Posted on 08/18/2022

By: Sean Crose

On the eve of the a lot hyped Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua heavyweight title rematch set to go down in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a Saudi lady has reportedly been given a prolonged jail sentence for remarks she made on Twitter. Per the BBC, “Salma al-Shehab, 34, a Saudi citizen and mom of two, was arrested in 2021 whereas on vacation within the kingdom.” Now she has been sentenced in Saudi Arabia to 34 years in jail. Why? As a result of “earlier than the journey she had known as for reforms and the discharge of activists.” Al-Shehab’s story is making headlines throughout the globe.

Her story can be breaking simply as Saudi Arabia is about to host one of many greatest sporting occasions of the yr in Usyk-Joshua 2. All main events concerned are seemingly set to make massive sums of cash on the combat, which is scheduled for Saturday on the Superdome in Jeddah. It is going to be the challenger Joshua’s second bout in Saudi Arabia. He gained his title belts again from Andy Ruiz within the Center Japanese nation in late 2019 and is now making an attempt to win them again as soon as extra this weekend when he faces Usyk for the second time.

“I need to say thanks to all who made it doable for us to combat right here in Saudi Arabia,” Ukraine’s Usyk stated at a Wednesday press convention at Jeddah’s Shangri-La Lodge. “Prince Khaled, thanks a lot. It is rather necessary for me, my workforce, my nation, and I’m actually glad to be right here. It’s not my first time, it’s my third time in Saudi Arabia. I really feel like I’m going to be right here repeatedly.” Joshua, too, had heat phrases for the host nation throughout the press convention. “Because of everybody in Saudi Arabia,” he stated. “My buddies, my workforce on the entrance there Prince Khaled, Talent Problem and his household as properly. Shout out to everybody in the beginning for caring for us whereas we’ve been right here.”  

Usyk, whose personal Ukrainian homeland has been underneath bloody assault from Russian forces since final winter has been seen as a form of consultant for his beleaguered countrymen. Al-Sehahb, who’s a PHD pupil at England’s Leeds College, and who has additionally been described as an activist, had, per the BBC,  “tweeted or retweeted a number of messages calling for reforms in Saudi Arabia and the discharge of distinguished activists, clerics and different intellectuals. “

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