Abdullah al-Zaher

Abdullah al-Zaher

Arrested when he was 16. Abdullah al-Zaher was just 15 years old when he was arrested for allegedly participating in protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Personal information

Name: Abdullah al-Zaher

Name in Arabic: عبد الله حسن الزاهر

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Unknown

Profession: Unknown

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:3 March 2012

Manner of arrest: Unknown

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: According to the charging document seen by Reprieve, the charges against Abdullah range from ‘harbouring’ protesters, participating in demonstrations, and chanting slogans, to ‘concealing the offence of incitement’, setting fire to a car, throwing Molotov cocktails, and possession of firebombs.

Court: Unknown

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied access to a lawyer , Denied contact with family, Torture and ill-treatment

Violation details: his “confessions” were obtained under torture and other ill-treatment in detention, but the court has refused to order an investigation into these allegations. was held incommunicado and detained without charge or trial for up to 22 months, and eventually sentenced to death following grossly unfair trials.


Reference 1: https://reprieve.org.uk/case-study/abdullah-hasan-al-zaher/#:~:text=Charges%20and%20sentence,cocktails%2C%20and%20possession%20of%20firebombs.

Reference 2: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/10/20/saudi-arabia-alleged-child-offenders-face-death-sentences

Reference 3: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/03/saudi-arabia-families-fear-their-sons-will-be-executed-within-24-hours/

Reference 4: None


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