Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, responds to an article about the UN special rapporteur’s report on the country

Re your article on the report of the UN special rapporteur, Ben Emmerson QC, following his five-day inspection of Saudi Arabia (UN report condemns Saudi torture despite reforms, 7 June). The kingdom condemns all forms of torture and supports the right to freedom of expression within the judicial framework. It has enacted some of the most stringent anti-terror legislation in the world which also complies with internationally recognised human rights agreements.

No one is sentenced or imprisoned until proven guilty. Sentences reflect the seriousness of the crime. The Public Prosecution checks all prisons and detention centres to certify that prisoners are being held in accordance with international law.

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