Project Description

In prison since : September 29, 2017

Saeed Al Qahtani

Islamic preacher, imam and preacher of a mosque in the Asir region

Reason for arrest:

  • His controversial views, where an audio clip of him was spread, attacking the Saudi artist Nasser Al-Qasabi and MBC, given their production programs that mock the religion and its followers according to his opinion.
  • In May 2017, the court sentenced (Saeed Al-Qahtani) to 45 days in prison for his verbal attack of the artist Nasser Al-Qasabi. The facts of the case returned to 2015 when the Saudi artist filed a lawsuit against Saeed Al-Qahtani after the emergence of an audio clip in which the latter insulted and atoned him during a sermon in one of the Mosques in the month of Ramadan, before retracting atonement through his account on the social networking site Twitter.
  • It is reported that the Aseer Court of Appeal rejected the ruling and stated that the ruling against (Saeed Al-Qahtani) was out of place for the defendant’s goodness, integrity, and calling to Islam; And that the sanction imposed on the defendant is misplaced; The fact that the plaintiff is an authentic person who is famous for mocking the religion and its affiliates, such as judges and other authority figures.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth:
Unknown

Profession:
Islamic preacher, imam and preacher of a mosque in the Asir region

Place of residence:
unknown

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest : September 29, 2017

Manner of arrest :

  • On September 29, 2017, a Saudi force stormed his house and arrested him.
  • The Saudi authorities have not replied about the reasons for his arrest or detention.

Where held : Unkown

Trial information

Charges : unknown

Court :
unknown

Updates on trial :

Although the maximum sentence of imprisonment against the accused was 45 days, he has been in detention since his arrest until now.

Verdict : unknown

Date of verdict : unknown

Violations

Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

  1. Breaking into the victim’s house and intimidating him and his family, which contravenes the text of Article (40) of the Law of Criminal Procedures, which states that: People, their homes, offices and boats are a sanctuary that must be maintained, and the sanctity of the person protects his body, clothes, money, and any luggage.
  2. Use excessive force in detaining victims.

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