Project Description

In prison since : 05/04/2019

Abdullah al-Duhailan

Writer, journalist and presenter

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: Unknown

Profession: Writer, journalist and presenter

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 05/04/2019

Manner of arrest: Arrested from his home in Dammam.

  • He was arrested by forces belonging to the Presidency of the State Security, after storming his house and intimidating family members, at dawn on Thursday, April 5, 2019,
  • He was not informed of the reasons for the arrest or the charges against him,
  • He was taken to an unknown location and subjected to enforced isolation.
  • The victim’s arrest was part of a series of arrests by the Saudi authorities, which targeted a number of writers, clerics, lawyers and those interested in social and human rights issues and awareness-raising activities.
  • The campaign resulted in the arrest of 20 persons, including a pregnant woman.

Where held: Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate), Dammam

Trial information

Alleged Violations:

  • His media interest in the Palestinian cause.
  • Awareness of the necessity of boycotting the Zionist entity
  • Victim wrote about refusing to normalise an article entitled (Is Israel a Democratic State?)
  • On March 31, 2019 presented episodes entitled (The Untouchable Entity) calling for the continuation to boycott the Arab peoples of the occupied entity of the land of Palestine.

Victim’s Charges: Arrested and detained without charges

Updates on trial: None so far

State 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 pro-longed 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 allowed the presence of a lawyer during investigations in violation of articles 4 and 39 of the Law of Criminal Procedure.
  4. Failure to present the victim to the Public Prosecution on the date specified by law, in violation of the law stipulating that the arrested or arrested person must be brought before the Public Prosecution within 24 hours from the time of the arrest.
  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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