Ruqayya Mohammed Al Mahareb

Ruqayya Mohammed Al Mahareb

Professor at Princes Noora University in Riyadh, published many islamic books and writes on her own blog . She had recently started writing about corruption in Saudi Arabia and it is assumed she was arrested because of this new direction in her writings

Personal information

Name: Ruqayya Mohammed Al Mahareb

Name in Arabic: رقية المحارب

Date of Birth: 1 January 1962

Gender: Female

Marital status: Married

Profession: Academic

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:24 September 2017

Manner of arrest: Arrested from her home with her husband present

Where held: Riyadh - A-Ha’ir Prison

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: A group of public charges broadcast by the Saudi media, in which public figures who were arrested were described as working for foreign parties against the security and interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia. All charges violate the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Court: Criminal Court

Verdict: Released after 1.5 years in prison

Date of verdict: Released after 1.5 years in prison

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

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

Violation details: Arbitrary arrest/ detention / torture / limited contact with her family / Not allowed access to a lawyer / After months from her arrest she was allowed a visit by her husband who claimed she was in a bad mental state with signs of torture on her physically. Placed in solitary confinement. Months after the end of the investigation, a high-ranking civilian met her in February 2019 and told her and the other women: Your issue will be resolved by the king personally, and we ask you to write a request for pardon and without this you will not be released. She was coerced to sign a request for pardon in order to be released. After signing it, she was surprised by the appointment of her in the terrorism court, and hours before the session the case was transferred to the Criminal Court.


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