Project Description

In prison since : 11/09/2017

Abdulaziz al-abdullatif

Associate Professor at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and an Islamic preacher, member of the Editorial Board of Al-Bayan Islamic Magazine, and member of the Committee for the Development of Curricula for Teaching Faith in the Universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: 1960

Profession: Cleric. Associate Professor at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and an Islamic preacher, member of the Editorial Board of Al-Bayan Islamic Magazine, and member of the Committee for the Development of Curricula for Teaching Faith in the Universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

  • On Monday, September 11, 2017, he was arrested by a Saudi force, to be taken to an unknown destination, and without disclosing the reasons for his arrest.

Where held: Al-Ha’ir Political Prison, Riyadh

Trial information

The alleged reason for arrest:

  • His position on the Arab Spring revolutions, and his criticism of the violations that occurred in Egypt after the July 3, 2013 coup.
  • Refusing to participate in the distortion of any Gulf country.

Official charges: departing from the guardian and sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood

Court: September 5, 2018, in a secret trial session. The Specialised Partial Court (Terrorism Court) in Riyadh
Updates on trial :

Verdict: 5 years imprisonment

The name of the judge who ruled: Abd al-Rahman Hammoud al-Nafi

Date of the verdict: October 24, 2018

State Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details :

  1. Intimidation of the victim during his arrest.
  2. Violating Article (116) of the Saudi Penal Procedures Law, which provides for informing the accused of the charges against him at the time of his arrest.
  3. Not allowing the defendant to appoint a lawyer, which contravenes the text of Article (4) of the Law of Criminal Procedure, which states that: ‘Every accused person may seek the assistance of an attorney or a lawyer to defend him in the investigation and trial stages’.
  4. Not allowing a lawyer to appear during investigations conducted by the State Security Agency.
  5. From the day of arrest for 3 months his locations were unknown to anyone including his lawyer and family.
  6. Deprivation of his right to independent litigation and his case was examined in front of a non-independent judicial office, which violated the criteria for fair trials.

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