Defence analyst Zaid Hamid. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 2 July: A Saudi court has sentenced defence analyst and political commentator Zaid Hamid for eight years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticising the Saudi government.

Mr Hamid was arrested by police in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago after he criticised the Saudi government at a ceremony during his visit to the Middle Eastern country. Mr Hamid’s wife was also accompanying him in Saudi Arabia when he was arrested.

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