Ms. Hathloul and five other women were arrested in May of last year. Saudi authorities waged a smear campaign on social media against them, labeling them as “traitors” who pose a threat to state security for their “contact with foreign entities with the aim of undermining the country’s stability and social fabric.” Subsequently, Ms. Hathloul and others were tortured with electric shocks, beatings and waterboarding. Ms. Hathloul showed her visiting parents black scars on her thighs last December. Her family has charged that Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to the crown prince, was present during some of the torture sessions and threatened to rape and kill her. The Saudi government has denied it. Mr. Qahtani oversaw the hit squad that murdered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi last October inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Now comes word from Ms. Hathloul’s family of a further disgraceful act, on top of imprisoning and torturing her. Ms. Hathloul’s brother and sister said the Saudi authorities proposed a deal
that she would be released if she denied she was tortured. According to the family, the first demand was a written statement, which she was prepared to sign, but when the Saudi officials then insisted that she also record a video, she refused. Her brother Walid wrote on Twitter, “When the state security asked her to sign the document for the video release, she immediately ripped the document. She told them by asking me to sign this document you are involved in the the [sic] cover up and you’re simply trying defend Saud Al-Qahtani who was overseeing the torture.”
Her sister Lina wrote, “Idk what I’m risking by writing this. Maybe it will harm my sister too. But I can’t keep it to myself. Loujain has been proposed a deal : deny the torture and she’ll be free. Whatever happens I am certifying it 1 more time:Loujain has been brutally tortured and sexually harassed.”