Project Description

Name: Dawoud Hussain al-Marhoon

Dawoud Hussain al-Marhoon

Prisoner Status: Facing Death Penalty

Primary Group: Minors

Arrest Date: 15 May 2012

Personal information

Name: Dawoud Hussain al-Marhoon

Name in Arabic: داود حسين المرهون

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Single

Profession: Student

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:15 May 2012

Manner of arrest: Dawoud alMarhoon was 17 when he was arrested without a warrant by Saudi security forces in May 2012. He was released the same day on the basis that he would spy on activists. Due to Dawoud’s non-compliance with this demand he was arrested again eight days later. Security forces arrested him from the Dammam Central Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for an eye injury sustained in a traffic accident. Saudi forces surrounded the hospital and arrested him as he prepared for surgery.

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: After torture and beatings he eventually was made to sign a blank document that would later contain his confession to the ‘crime’ of attending anti-government protests, and association with fellow young protester Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr.

Court: Unknown

Verdict: On 21 October 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court, the kingdom’s counter-terror court, sentenced him to death by beheading.

Date of verdict: On 21 October 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court, the kingdom’s counter-terror court, sentenced him to death by beheading.

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: He was tortured and made to sign a ‘confession’ that was later relied on to convict him. At the beginning of October 2015, the Specialized Criminal upheld Dawoud’s conviction, and sentenced him to death by beheading. was held incommunicado and detained without charge or trial for up to 22 months, and eventually sentenced to death following grossly unfair trials. In October 2016, five Saudi prison officers physically assaulted and beat Dawood al-Marhoon, the 21-year-old Saudi inmate (at the time) arbitrarily detained on death row, for filing a complaint over his mistreatment in prison. In October, five Saudi prison officers physically assaulted and beat Dawood al-Marhoon, the 21-year-old Saudi inmate arbitrarily detained on death row, for filing a complaint over his mistreatment in prison.
"From Reprieve.org.uk"
Dawood was transferred to a juvenile offenders’ facility, where he was held incommunicado. For two weeks, he had no contact with the outside world. Dawood’s family had no idea where the authorities were holding him, and he was prevented from speaking to a lawyer. In the facility, he endured beatings, abuse and torture in ‘interrogation sessions’ lasting up to 18 hours at a time. Eventually he was made to sign a blank document that would later contain his confession to the ‘crime’ of attending anti-government protests, and association with fellow young protester Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr. He was held for one year and four months before being transferred to the General Department of Investigations headquarters in Dammam. All access to legal counsel was denied during this period.

References

Reference 1: https://www.adhrb.org/2016/12/case-update-dawood-al-marhoon-saudi-death-row-minor/

Reference 2: https://reprieve.org.uk/case-study/dawood-al-marhoon/

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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