In prison since : 04/04/2019

Moqbel al-Saqqar

Fiction writer – author of “Meym Ayn” novel, a novel that deals with the reality of Saudi women – obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Janon, Pennsylvania – USA.

Personal information

Marital status: Unknown

Date of birth: Unknown

Profession: Fiction writer – author of “Meym Ayn” novel, a novel that deals with the reality of Saudi women – obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Janon, Pennsylvania – USA.

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 04/04/2019

Manner of arrest: Arrested from his home in Riyadh.

  • On Thursday, April 5, 2019, forces affiliated with the Presidency of State Security arrested him, without informing him of the reasons for the arrest or the charges against him, and then taking him to an unknown destination and subjecting him to enforced disappearance until the date of editing this form on April 9, 2019.
  • The arrest was part of a series of arrests carried out by the Presidency of State Security. The campaign targeted writers and public figures interested in women’s issues and political, human rights and social issues, and resulted in the arrest of 15 of them.

Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Trial information

Reasons for arrest:

  • His interest in the issues of Saudi women and the suffering that she experiences at all levels of life socially, economically, civilly and human rights through his writings, the most famous of which was his novel (Meym Ain), and embodied the reality of Saudi women, and also his support for the feminist movement seeking to restore women’s rights.

Charges: Arrested and Detained without charges

Court :

Updates on trial: not started yet

He is still under enforced disappearance

Verdict : unknown

Date of the verdict:

Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Denied access to a lawyer


Violation details:

  1. Arbitrary detention and failure to notify the victim of the charges against him upon arrest in violation of Article 35 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
  2. Failure to announce for a period the location of the victim’s detention, nor to allow his lawyer to interview him, in violation of Article 35 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
  3. Not to allow the presence of a lawyer during investigations in violation of articles 4 and 39 of the Criminal Procedure Law.
  4. Failure to present the victim to the Public Prosecution on the specified date legally, in violation of the law that obligated the Ministry of Interior to present the arrested person to the Public Prosecution within 24 hours from the time of arrest or detention.
  5. Failure to inform the victim and confront him with the charges against him in violation of Article 116 of the Law of Criminal Procedure.

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