Project Description

In prison since : 31 July 2018

Abdelaziz al-Fawzan

Board member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Higher Institute of the Judiciary, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

That the victim was prevented from traveling before his arrest, and he stopped Twittering on his Twitter account on July 16, 2018, two weeks before his arrest, and his last tweet was a farewell message to his followers, where he said: (I loved everywhere, Do not forget me in the interest of your prayers, and God suffice us and the best proxy). This prompted thousands of tweeters to sympathize with him under the slogan “We are all with Abdul Aziz Al-Fawzan.”

He is a victim of intense rhetoric by a lawyer named Abd al-Rahman al-Lahim; Where the latter deliberately turns the word around and distorts it from its purpose and launches electronic campaigns against others ending in security detention.

The alleged reason for arrest:

  1. A tweet by him calling for the release of the peaceful Saudi detainees.
  2. His position rejecting the coup attempt in Turkey, 15 July 2016, and his support for the Turkish people.
  3. His position on the Arab Spring revolutions.
  4. Wrote on Twitter prayers and calls for God to spare the country the evil of spoilers.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth:
November 5, 1964

Profession:
Board member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Higher Institute of the Judiciary, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Place of residence:
Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest: 31 July 2018

Manner of arrest:

  1. On Saturday, 31 July 2018, he was arrested by a Saudi force, and taken to an unknown destination, without disclosing the reasons for his arrest.
  2. The Saudi authorities have not replied about the reasons for his arrest or detention.

Where held: Al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh

Trial information

Charges: There is only what the media has published about broad charges of supporting terrorism and joining the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Court:
Unknown

Updates on trial :
None so far

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

State Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details:

Legal violations related to the first detention period:

  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. The victim was subjected to enforced disappearance.

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