Project Description

In prison since : November 2018

Murad al-Makhlif

School Headmaster

Reason for arrest:

  • It is not known except for accusing him of some broad accusations about terrorism.
  • The victim had previously announced a hunger strike at his detention facility on December 29, 2018.

Personal information

Marital status: Unknown

Date of birth: 1975

Profession: School Headmaster

Place of residence: Al-Jouf-Sakaka

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest: November 2018

Manner of arrest:

  • In November 2018, a Saudi force stormed his house and arrested him, so that he could be taken to an unknown destination, without disclosing the reasons for his arrest.
  • The Saudi authorities have not replied about the reasons for his arrest or detention.
  • The victim had previously been arrested in the Dammam region on February 28, 2010, to be forcibly hidden and brutally tortured in Dammam Prison, resulting in paralysis in the lower body (his feet), as a result of an injury to the bottom of the bone marrow, and he was lying down, and his family submitted multiple complaints until the prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz intervened and ordered that committees be sent to follow up on the situation, and three follow-up committees were formed.
  • The investigating committees revealed several methods that the victim was exposed to during his torture, including severe beatings, sleep deprivation, and cracking of wooden boards on his back.
  • The first follow-up committee took the victim’s statements and ratified them while the second committee documented the incidents of torture and its effects that were clear and resulted in paralysis as an indication of the extent of torture that he was subjected to, along with some other apparent effects.
  • As for the third committee, it ordered the victim to be transferred to the prison hospital for treatment. The victim was moved to the hospital under the condition of him being restrained to the hospital bed, but the request of providing him with a wheelchair was ignored at first and then provided six months later.

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Charges: None

Court: unknown

Updates on trial:

Verdict: unknown

Date of the verdict: unknown


Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

  1. Arrest and intimidation of the victim, along with his family, without humanitarian or legal justification.
  2. Violating 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 defendant to appoint a lawyer, which is contrary to the text of Article 4 of the Law of Criminal Procedure, which states that: Every accused person may seek the assistance of an attorney or a lawyer to defend him in the investigation and trial stages.


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