Project Description

In prison since : March 18, 2006

Khaled Mohammed Al-Rashid

He holds a diploma in Criminal Sciences from the United States of America, before he turns to the Da`wah field and is well-known as an Islamic preacher; Where he worked as an imam and preacher of the Fahad bin Mufleh al-Subaie mosque in the city of Khobar.

The alleged reason for arrest:

  • His rise to fame and influence both within Saudi Arabia and internationally. The popularity of his sermon “O Ummah Muhammad”, in which he called for boycotting Danish products and civil peaceful demonstration to demand governments to cut diplomatic relations in protest of He published Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • The victim’s sentence has expired, and despite this, he was not released until March 2019, and the victim’s health condition deteriorated in August 2018 due to his imprisonment conditions.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: 1971

Profession: He holds a diploma in Criminal Sciences from the United States of America, before he turns to the Da`wah field and is well-known as an Islamic preacher; Where he worked as an imam and preacher of the Fahad bin Mufleh al-Subaie mosque in the city of Khobar.

Place of residence: Al-Khobar

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest: March 18, 2006

Manner of arrest:

  1. He was placed under surveillance in the city of Khobar to prepare for his arrest since the date of March 14, 2006 corresponding to Safar 13, 1427 AH.
  2. On March 18, 2006 AD, corresponding to 17 Safar 1427 AH, he was arrested while he was in the company of his wife in the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, where his wife was detained with female soldiers in the hotel, and he was informed that he would be interrogated for only three hours and then returned to his wife, so that his detention will continue until Its history.

Where held :

Trial information


  1. Provoking sedition because of his sermon, in which he called for a boycott of Danish goods in response to the cartoons of the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace.
  2. Money laundering by collecting donations for the afflicted Muslim countries (the victim collected donations for Niger at the time of the famine, and for Indonesia after the earthquake and tsunami floods).
  3. The defences of the victim and the judge replied: The victim indicated to the judge that he relied in his charitable activities on fatwas and consultations of senior scholars (such as Sheikh Ibn Jabreen, may God have mercy on him, and Sheikh Al-Barrak, may God protect him), but the judge decreased the two sheikhs and did not consider them.

Court: The Specialized Criminal Court

Updates on trial :

The victim had only one trial session

The last case of the victim: his sentence has ended, but he remains in arbitrary detention; Where he was not released.

Verdict: The total sentence is fifteen years imprisonment, where the judge ruled, starting with five years imprisonment, and when the victim objected to the ruling and the judge discussed, the judge increased the sentence to fifteen years.

Date of the verdict:

State Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

Legal violations related to the trial period:

  1. The penalty is increased in an illegal mood, as a result of the victim’s discussion of the judge.
  2. The number of trial times is limited to one session, which indicates that the intention is not to hear the victim’s defences and that a judgment was passed on him before the session.
  3. Not allowing a lawyer to attend the session, and preventing the victim from hiring a lawyer, despite his ignorance of the regulations and pleadings, and the appearance of this to the judge.
  4. The victim or his relatives have not been informed of the date or place of his trial.
  5. The victim was not allowed to object to the ruling, as he was returned to Dammam prison until the legal period for the objection ended and then he was returned after a period of time to Al-Hayer prison in Riyadh.

Legal violations related to the period of detention:

The first stage:

  1. His wife was detained for three days under house arrest, with no access to her family or lawyer, and with news of the victim’s arrest, the wife’s family searched for her and pressed for her release, which was done.
  2. He was subjected to enforced disappearance for six continuous months.
  3. He was subjected to torture during the period of his enforced disappearance.
  4. At the end of 2006, the victim was allowed to communicate with his family and visit him, so that his place of detention in Al-Hayr Prison in Riyadh is known, where he is held in a narrow solitary cell.

The second stage:

  1. After a year in Al-Hayr prison, the victim was transferred to the mabahith prison in Dammam on March 9, 2007, corresponding to 19 Safar 1428 AH, to be arrested there without trial for a period of 3 years.
  2. During the first year in the mabahith prison in Dammam, the victim was subjected to various types of torture, including:
  3. Insulting him by beating him on the face continuously.
  4. Tied his hands and feet and hung them.
  5. His skin on his back when he claimed his rights.
  6. Deprivation of prayer on time, and I deliberately missed it.
  7. To be subjected to intensive investigation sessions and for long times.
  8. Depriving the victim of sleep for long hours.
  9. Muzzling the victim’s eyes and hands, and making him stand on his legs like this for long hours.
  10. The investigator intentionally hit the victim’s head against the wall during the investigation.
  11. Denying the victim to go to the medical clinic to treat his wounds or to discover any disease he complains of.

The third stage:

  1. Two months before his trial began, he was transferred again to Al-Hayer Prison in the city of Riyadh, and during that period he was denied access to his family, permission to visit, or a lawyer.
  2. The victim was intentionally left without additional clothes; Forcing him to stay in his clothes that he was transported for two months.


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