U.S. studying 34-year sentence of activist Salma al-Shehab in Saudi Arabia -State Dept

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U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks during a news conference in Washington, U.S. March 10, 2022. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS

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WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United States is studying the case of women's rights activist Salma al-Shehab, who was sentenced to 34 years in prison in Saudi Arabia, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"Exercising freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of women should not be criminalized, it should never be criminalized," State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters.

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Reporting by Simon Lewis and Rami Ayyub; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Mark Porter

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