Project Description

Name: Mustafa Al-Darwish

Mustafa Al-Darwish

Prisoner Status: Facing Death Penalty

Primary Group: Minors

Arrest Date: 17 October 2012

Personal information

Name: Mustafa Al-Darwish

Name in Arabic: مصطفى آل درويش

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Unknown

Profession: Unknown

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:17 October 2012

Manner of arrest: Unknown

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: Among the charges Darwish was convicted of, and for which the judge sentenced him to death, were participation in firing on a security patrol – killing one soldier, Hussein Bouah Zabani, and wounding another – and possession of a machine gun.

Court: Unknown

Verdict: Sentenced to death

Date of verdict: Sentenced to death

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Denied access to a lawyer , Denied contact with family, Held in Solitary confinement, Torture and ill-treatment

Violation details: During his time in solitary confinement, the investigation, and the denial of access to a lawyer, Mustafa Darwish was subjected to cruel treatment and psychological and physical torture, with the goal of obtaining confessions, including psychological intimidation, violent beatings, sleep deprivation, late night interrogations, insults, and verbal abuse. He told the judge in court that he refused to certify to the ratification judge statements extracted under the stress of torture. Darwish also informed the judge that he was forced to stamp the statements, but the judge gave him the choice of certifying the statements or returning to investigation, which caused him to certify them for fear of being returned to the torture chambers.


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