Mustafa Al-Darwish

Mustafa Al-Darwish

Born on 26 October 1993, Darwish was arrested on 17 October 2012. He was placed in solitary confinement for several long months, during which time he was not permitted to meet with his family. He was also denied access to a lawyer for almost three years, and he was only allowed a lawyer at the second hearing held on 6 September 2015, when he received the indictment. Saudi Arabia carried out the discretionary death penalty against Darwish as part of the massacre of 23 April 2019, in which 37 people were beheaded at the same time.

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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