Project Description

In prison since : October 4, 2017

Saad al-Otaibi

Islamic Cleric and Academic

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sharia Policy at the Higher Judicial Institute / Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

In addition to his multiple educational qualifications, researches, and theses, he has not been known to him in open opposition or criticism of the regime previously, and he is known for his distinguished relations with the current Mufti of Saudi Arabia and members of the Council of Senior Scholars. He supervised many researches and messages, in addition to that the victim received multiple training courses formally, including a course in the interpretation of laws and regulations, and a course in international humanitarian law and human rights within the programs of the General Secretariat of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross.

Reason for arrest:

  1. Concern over his criticism of the new policies approved by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which includes serious steps in rapprochement with Israel.

Personal information

Marital status: Unknown

Date of birth: Uknown

Profession: Islamic Cleric and Academic

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sharia Policy at the Higher Judicial Institute / Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest: October 4, 2017

Manner of arrest:

  1. On October 4, 2017, the Saudi authorities arrested him.
  2. The Saudi authorities have not responded to the reasons for his arrest or detention at the time, and he remains in detention to date.
  3. There were reports that the Saudi authorities had asked him to support new domestic and foreign policies, including rapprochement with Israel, as a condition for ending his detention.

Where held :

Trial information

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Violations  

Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

Legal violations related to the period of detention:

  1. 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.
  2. Failure to enable the victim to contact a lawyer or an agent or visit, and this is contrary to Article (119), which states that: In all cases, the investigator may order that the accused do not contact other prisoners or detainees, and that no one visit him for a period not exceeding sixty days if the investigation interest requires That is, without prejudice to the accused’s right to contact his agent or lawyer.
  3. 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.

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