Project Description

In prison since:
Status: In Prison

Alaa Brinji

Alaa Brinji

Personal information

Name: Alaa Brinji
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Date of birth / Age: 22 July 1977
Profession: Journalist
Place of residence: Dammam

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest:
Manner of arrest: Arrested by security forces at passport control on the Saudi-Bahrain causeway on his way to Bahrain with his family
Where held: Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate), Dammam

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Insulting the country’s leaders; inciting public opinion; accusing security officers of killing demonstrators in Al Awamiya
Victim's Charges: Insulting the country’s leaders; inciting public opinion; accusing security officers of killing demonstrators in Al Awamiya
Court: Criminal Court
Verdict: 7-year prison sentence, 8-year travel ban, a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals and forced to close his Twitter account
Date of verdict:
Updates on trial: Birinji had two trials. The first verdict was a 5 years sentence to prison. However, the prosecution office appealed the sentence and he was tried in court for the second time. A second verdict was made to increased his sentence to impose further punishments

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Enforced disappearance , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer
Violation details: Birinji disagreed for 50 days and was placed in solitary confinement before being allowed to make his first phone call. Although he is allowed to make 1 phone call every week and allowed to have visitors. Recently, after the COVID-19 lockdown the authorities have imposed restriction on the phone call. in Which it is only to be made during the presence of the officers. However, no restrictions impost on visits.

References

Reference 1: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/alaa-brinji
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