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28 May 2019

Dissident takes legal action against Saudi government over spyware claim

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Lawyers for a Saudi dissident have told the Saudi embassy that they intend to begin legal action, after accusing the government in Riyadh of spying on his mobile phone. The dissident, Ghanem al-MasarirĀ al-Dosari, says he wants damages and an apology after he clicked on a text message which security experts believe downloaded spyware.

The legal action comes amid increased concern for the safety of Saudi dissidents, following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.