Project Description

Mohamed al-Otaibi

Name: Mohamed al-Otaibi

Mohamed al-Otaibi

Prisoner Status: In Prison

Primary Group: Human Rights Activist

Arrest Date: 24 May 2017

Personal information

Name: Mohamed al-Otaibi

Name in Arabic: محمد العتيبي

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

Profession: Human rights activist

Place of residence: Unknown

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:24 May 2017

Manner of arrest: Al-Otaibi was arrested in Hamad International Airport in Qatar while he was on his way to Norway, then deported to Saudi

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: “Forming an unlicensed organisation” (Al-Ittehad Human Rights Association), seeking to incite sedition and spread chaos, breaching public security and committing crimes punishable under article 6 of the Anti-Cybercrime law. On 14 October 2019, 4 new charges sheet were handed to Al-Otaibi included ” going to Qatar” and ” interfering in public affairs”. No international observers were seen

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: Sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by 14 year travel ban

Date of verdict: Sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by 14 year travel ban

Updates on trial: He appeared in court on 25 July 2019, 11 December, 16 December, and 3 February 2020. The next hearing has been set for Sunday 15 March. He has been asked to respond to evidence presented by the prosecution.

Previous arrests: he was arrested in 2009 during a protest against Ghaza siege and was sentence to 3 years in prison followed by 5 years travel ban. However, Alotaibi remains in dentation for 3 years and 7 months.

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer

Violation details: Unknown

References

Reference 1: https://features.hrw.org/features/HRW_2016_reports/140_Characters/index.html#en/mohammad-al-oteibi

Reference 2: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/mohammed-al-otaibi-forcibly-deported-saudi-arabia

Reference 3: https://alqst.org/ar/prisonersofconscience/mohamed-al-otaibi

Reference 4: None

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