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Saudi 'liberal reformers' arrested

From CNN Correspondent Rula Amin

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- Four "liberal reformists" have been arrested in Riyadh and Jeddah for making statements that do "not serve the unity of the country," the kingdom's Interior Ministry has said.

One of the people detained is a lawyer, known for his political and social activism, and two others are professors of political science.

All are known for calling for major changes in the kingdom and for their support of a constitutional monarchy.

"A number of people have been arrested for questioning regarding accusations and allegations that they had issued statements that do not serve the unity of the country and the community, which is based on Islamic sharia," the statement from the Interior Ministry said.

Sharia law is based on the tenets of Islam.

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