Salma al-Shehab, a mom of two and pupil at Leeds College, was detained after visiting her household final yr.
She was initially jailed for 3 years after being accused of utilizing Twitter to “trigger public unrest” and “destabilise nationwide safety”. That sentence has now been elevated to 34 years which features a 34-year journey ban.
Following the choice final week, Leeds Central MP, Hilary Been has known as on Ms Truss to assist free Ms al-Shehab following the “surprising sentence”.
The MP writes: “Ms al Shehab has two younger sons and a husband, and I’m certain you’ll agree with me that that is a completely surprising sentence which is totally at odds with Saudi Arabia’s claims to be bettering human rights, specifically for girls.
“I’d be very grateful in case you might make representations to the Saudi authorities on behalf of Ms al Shehab in order that she will be freed to return to her household and to her research on the College of Leeds.”
In an announcement, Leeds College mentioned: “We’re deeply involved to be taught of the latest growth in Salma’s case and are in search of recommendation on whether or not there may be something we will do to assist her.
“Our ideas stay with Salma, her household, and her pals amongst our close-knit group of postgraduate researchers.”
It’s understood that ministers and senior civil servants have repeatedly raised the problem over the detention of feminine rights defenders to the Saudi Arabian authorities.