Project Description

In prison since : 12/09/2017

Mohammed al-Shnar

Islamic preacher and cleric

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed an excessive expansion of arrests since the arrival of Muhammad bin Salman to the mandate of the Covenant, and these arrests did not only extend to opponents of the regime, but also extended to its supporters, and also included religious scholars, liberal advocates and human rights activists.

The alleged reason for arrest:

  1. He was accused of financing terrorist organizations, but it is known from the preacher that he is demanding the commitment of the official fatwas of the country prohibiting excessive mixing, which occurred after the recent decisions of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he was previously arrested in 2013.
  2. His arrest was part of a campaign launched by the Saudi authorities since the beginning of September 2017, targeting several preachers and elders affiliated with the reformist movement in Saudi Arabia.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: Unknown

Profession: Islamic preacher and cleric

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

  1. a. On September 12, 2017, it was confirmed that the Saudi authorities had arrested him.
  2. B. The Saudi authorities have not responded to the reasons for his arrest or detention.

Where held : Unknown

Trial information

Charges: The trial is conducted in secret. on September 2018, his trial procedures began

Court: The Specialized Criminal Court

Updates on trial : still in progress

Verdict: No verdict announced so far

Date of the verdict: No verdict announced so far

State Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details:

Legal violations related to the first detention period:

  1. He was prevented from communicating with his family for 5 months.
  2. Violation of Article (116) of the Saudi Penal Procedures Law, which provides for informing the accused of the charges against him at the time of his arrest.
  3. Not allowing the accused to obtain a lawyer.
  4. Violation of Article (114) of the Saudi Penal Procedures Law, which stipulates that the period of detention should not exceed 360 days as a maximum.

Legal violations related to the current trial period:

  1. Confidentiality of sessions.
  2. Restricting his freedom to communicate with his family, and also their right to visit him.
  3. The lack of independence of the judiciary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this also gives a glimpse of the impact of the poor drafting of the Saudi Penal Code, where the judicial and representative bodies working in Saudi Arabia can formulate felonies and criminalize a wide range of acts under comprehensive categories.


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