Seven cyber activists have been sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison by a Saudi Arabian court for inciting protests, mainly through the use of Facebook.
Following their arrest 10 months ago they were charged with posting online messages to encourage demonstrations, although they were not accused of directly participating in protests.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the proceedings took place in an anti-terrorism court.
The decade-long sentence was reportedly handed to an activist who created two Facebook groups allegedly displaying the best protest techniques.
HRW said the men had all admitted to contributing to Facebook pages throwing their support behind a leading Shia cleric who called for a constitutional monarchy.
His arrest led to anti-government protests in the country's Eastern Region.
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