Meghan Markle’s activist friend jailed and brutally tortured in Saudi Arabia prison

Meghan Markle‘s activist friend is locked up and being brutally tortured in Saudi Arabia for her contentious work.

RadarOnline.com has learned Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018 along with seven others who were in the area campaigning for the better treatment of women. She was in the process of setting up a domestic violence shelter called Aminah, which means “safe” in English, when she was taken in. Now, and for the past eight months, she is being detained in solitary confinement and questioned. She is being tortured with electric shocks, waterboarded and threatened with rape.

According to a CNN article written by her brother, al-Hathloul said the torture sessions have been overseen by Saud al-Qahtani, a former senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed.

AP

In 2016, Loujain al-Hathloul, 29, attended a One Young World humanitarian summit with Markle, 37, Emma Watson, Cher and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. In one photo, the former Suits actress is seen posing with al-Hathloul, poet Fatima Bhutto and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Before marrying into the royal family, Markle was an avid humanitarian, primarily concentrating on the issue of gender equality. Apart from her Hollywood career, she also focused on supporting important causes such as that of One Young World, a UK-based not-for-profit that works with young people to solve world issues.

The now-Duchess of Sussex was even an OYW Counsellor at the 2014 Dublin and 2016 Ottawa Summits.

Meghan Markle has not addressed her friend’s arrest.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex depart the Bristol Old Vic on February 01, 2019 in Bristol, England. The Duke and Duchess will tour the recently renovated facility, finding out more about the theatre’s unique history and links to the local community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet members of the public on a walkabout on February 1, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex departs after visiting Bristol Old Vic on February 1, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex depart the Bristol Old Vic on February 01, 2019 in Bristol, England. The Duke and Duchess will tour the recently renovated facility, finding out more about the theatre’s unique history and links to the local community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Bristol Old Vic and meet members of the public gathered outside on February 1, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C), meet well-wishers, as they arrive to visit Bristol Old Vic theatre on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by Marc GIDDINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at the Bristol Old Vic on February 01, 2019 in Bristol, England. The Duke and Duchess will tour the recently renovated facility, finding out more about the theatre’s unique history and links to the local community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet members of the public on a walkabout on February 1, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Bristol Old Vic and meets members of the public gathered outside on February 1, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
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