Saudi court sentences American citizen to six years in prison despite appeals from the U.S. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Saudi court sentences American citizen to six years in prison despite appeals from the U.S.

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced Walid Fitaihi, a doctor who holds dual American and Saudi nationality, to six years in prison on charges that included illegally obtaining U.S. citizenship, a person close to his family said.

The sentencing came despite the Trump administration's repeated appeals to the Saudi government to release Fitaihi, who founded a prominent hospital in the kingdom.

He was arrested in November 2017 as Saudi authorities detained hundreds of business executives, government officials and royal family members. ­Fitaihi was held for nearly two years without trial and tortured while in custody, he told family members.

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