Ali al-Saffar

Ali al-Saffar

Ali al-Saffar

Ali al-Saffar is one of several journalists detained by Saudi authorities in April 2019. He had previously written about regional politics and conflicts, including the Syria conflict, but like several of the others arrested, he had not been recently active in journalism. Al-Saffar was arrested April 9, 2019, according to the Saudi-focused human rights organization Al-Qst and the Gulf Center for Human Rights. In 2015, al-Saffar published an article on Israeli ties to militant groups in Syria on imprisoned Saudi blogger and columnist Thumar al-Marzouqi’s blog and also wrote op-eds on regional security issues for Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar in 2014, according to the newspaper’s author page. Al-Saffar, like several other of the journalists detained at the same time, also wrote for the website Arab Renewal, which has since been taken offline.

Personal information

Name: Ali al-Saffar

Name in Arabic: علي الصفار

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: --

Profession: Writer

Place of residence: Unknown

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:8 April 2019

Manner of arrest: Unknown

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: Unknown

Court: --

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details: Unknown


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