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Ali al-Omari

Name: Ali al-Omari

Ali al-Omari

Prisoner Status: Facing Death Penalty

Primary Group: Journalist

Arrest Date: 9 September 2017

Personal information

Name: Ali al-Omari

Name in Arabic: علي العمري

Date of Birth: 2 November 1973

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

Profession: Academic , Cleric , Journalist

Place of residence: Jeddah

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:9 September 2017

Manner of arrest: In a raid on his home by armed security personnel

Where held: Jeddah - Dhahban Central Prison

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: The Public Prosecution charged against "Al-Omari" more than 30 charges; Among them is the formation of a "youth organization to achieve the goals of a secret terrorist organization inside the Kingdom."
The prosecution revealed, "the existence of facilities for the accused to hold meetings with terrorist Brotherhood elements inside the State of Qatar, and his meeting with 5 leaders and members of the group, including a member of the ruling family there, and the two wanted Yusef al-Qaradawi and Ali al-Sallabi."
The prosecution accused Al-Omari of "targeting, attracting and training young people under a religious cover, by participating in educational seminars and programs, volunteer work and advocacy activities, and working to gain confidence in the symbols of the organization by teaching their books and adopting their ideas in implementation of hostile agendas for this country and to achieve foreign interests."
He was also accused of “establishing offices affiliated with the Brotherhood’s organization in Arab countries concerned with the youth category, attracting and training them, joining them in programs and activities with the intention of joining them in the aforementioned organization. Annually, establishing a center for studies and research in one of the neighboring countries, issuing books dealing with youth, establishing a magazine with the intention of spreading the ideology of the terrorist Brotherhood group and promoting it, and establishing a restaurant and coffee shop in Jeddah governorate to gather youth and spread Brotherhood ideology among them, "according to the newspaper.

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: Believed to have been sentenced to death (unconfirmed)

Date of verdict: Believed to have been sentenced to death (unconfirmed)

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer , Torture and ill-treatment , Observers denied access to court hearings, Placed in solitary confinement

Violation details: Placed in solitary confinement

References

Reference 1: https://cpj.org/data/people/ali-al-omari/

Reference 2: https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/saudi-islamic-scholar-dr-al-omari-risk-execution

Reference 3: https://alqst.org/en/prisonersofconscience/ali-al-amri

Reference 4: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190111-rights-group-cleric-ali-al-omari-brutally-tortured-in-saudi-prison/ https://mbsmetoo.org/%d8%b9%d9%84%d9%8a-%d8%a8%d9%86-%d8%ad%d9%85%d8%b2%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b9%d9%85%d8%b1%d9%8a-%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a7%d9%86-%d8%aa%d9%88%d8%ab%d9%8a%d9%82/

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