Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

Arrested when he was 17. Ali was arrested as a teenager. He was charged with "encouraged pro-democracy protests using a BlackBerry" and sentenced to death.

Personal information

Name: Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

Name in Arabic: علي محمد آل نمر

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Single

Profession: Student

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:12 February 2012

Manner of arrest: Unknown

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Ali has not been charged with, nor convicted of, involvement in any lethal offence. Indeed, it appears that Ali was convicted of the ‘crime’ of “Betraying the Guardian and breaking loyalty from him”. This ‘crime’ appears to be based primarily on allegations that Ali took part in protests demanding greater freedoms in the wake of the Arab Spring. Similarly to other protesters in Saudi Arabia, Ali appears to have been convicted of
acts such as “attending a number of opposition protests, demonstrations and gatherings, and repeating opposition slogans.” He was also charged with “explaining how to give first aid to protesters” and using his blackberry to encourage others to
attend protests.

Victim's charges: 12 offences that included taking part in anti-government protests, attacking security forces, possessing a machine-gun and carrying out an armed robbery.

Court: Unknown

Verdict: sentenced to death in May 2014 by the deeply deficient Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Jeddah for

Date of verdict: sentenced to death in May 2014 by the deeply deficient Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Jeddah for

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, Observers denied access to court hearings

Violation details: His mother told Amnesty International that there were “wounds and swollen bruises” on his body when she visited him in prison and that his treatment there had left him visibly frail and weak. was held incommunicado and detained without charge or trial for up to 22 months, and eventually sentenced to death following grossly unfair trials.


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