Project Description

In prison since : 14 July 2018

Safar al-Hawali

Islamic cleric and academic holding a PhD from the Department of Creed And contemporary doctrines from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

Cleric, president of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign, member of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights

Reason for arrest:

  • An electronic copy of a book he authored leaked, including a letter to the royal family who had previously tried to send it to the royal court. The book, entitled “Muslims and Western Civilization,” is composed of three thousand pages, in which he criticized the exorbitant Saudi government spending on receiving US President Donald Trump in Riyadh, and government-related policies.
  • He was previously dismissed from his university job because of his opinions, in addition to being arrested and arrested more than once between the years 1994 and 1999 AD.

Medical History while detained:

  • From June 10, 2005 until 2006, a severe coma as a result of a sudden drop in blood pressure, which resulted in hospitalization, and then bleeding in the cerebellum region of the skull; Subsequently, his ability to speak diminished.
  • In 2013, he performed a kidney transplant surgery.
  • In 2017, he had a hearing loss.
  • In 2018, fracture of the pelvis, thigh and shoulder.
  • In addition to suffering from weakness in the heart muscle, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, prostate disease, and problems in the teeth and gums.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: 1955

Profession: Islamic cleric and academic holding a PhD from the Department of Creed And contemporary doctrines from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

Place of residence: Makkah and Al-Baha

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest: 14 July 2018

Manner of arrest:

  • A masked security force surrounded the victim’s house in Al-Baha city, before they stormed the courtyard of the house and carried out violent methods at the door of the house; For a victim’s grandchildren to open the door of the house; The security force stormed the house, and it was composed of individuals wearing a military uniform, and individuals in civilian clothes with a woman who belonged to them, one of the victim’s wives asked the reason for the storming, so the head of the force told them that they were looking for (Safar al-Hawali, and his son Ibrahim), to tell them that they were in Upper floor of the house; Where the victim’s wife, accompanied by her son, transports the victim from the bathroom to the bedroom because he is unable to move, and moments later the victim’s son (Ibrahim Al Hawali) came down to the force inquiring about the reason for breaking into the house, then his hands and blindfolds were handcuffed without telling him the reason, then they transferred him to one of the The security forces’ cars outside, then they went upstairs and stormed the victim’s room, wielding automatic weapons, in the face of the victim and his wife; This led to the anger and resurrection of the victim’s wife The force members of the river river their weapons in the face of the elderly in this way, and the security force official issued an order for the medical staff to go up with them, where the victim was taken on a medical stretcher, got off and placed inside the force’s ambulance, and during that the security force tampered with the contents of the house And the seizure of two cell phones: the first belongs to the victim’s wife, and the second belongs to one of the domestic workers. The victim’s family was informed that he and his son will be returned within three days, which has not happened so far.
  • After the force’s departure, the victim’s family learned that the victim’s two sons (Abdullah and Abd al-Rahman Safar al-Hawali) were arrested the previous day, July 11, while they were going to marry one of their relatives in the city of Al-Baha, and then learned that after the victim and his third son were arrested from the family home, another security force By storming the family home in the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah on July 12, and arresting the fourth and final son of the victim (Abdul Rahim Safar Al-Hawali), and another security force in the city of Riyadh simultaneously arrested the victim’s brother (Saad Allah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hawali).
  • On Sunday, 15 July 2018: The security forces re-stormed the victim’s home despite the victim’s family initially refusing to allow them entry; Because the house was empty of men, but force threatened them with the use of force; The family of the victim was not forced to open the door of the house, and the security force stormed the house with female members of the force, who completely searched the house, and seized the personal computer of the victim’s son (Abdullah), who was previously arrested, and the force investigated the victim’s family about who He leaked the electronic version of the victim’s book, entitled “Muslims and Western Civilization,” and is his son Abdullah or someone else, and they asked about a flash memory card, but they did not find it and the victim’s family did not know anything about it.
  • On July 18, 2018: A security force accompanied an ambulance, taking the son of the forcibly disappeared victim (Abdel Rahman Safar Al Hawali) to the family home located in the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, where the road was closed in front of the house, and the detainee was removed from inside the ambulance and climbed to his apartment and apartment His father searched them, and this is under the pretext of searching for a lost flash memory card, and they broke some of the closed internal doors of the house, and tampered with all the contents of the two apartments.
  • On the first of August 2018: The Saudi regime confiscated the travel documents of members of the family of Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali, who were not arrested, as the passport of his wife and the wives of his sons, as well as his grandchildren, were confiscated.
  • On August 5, 2018: The Saudi regime cut the international call service from the victim’s home phone line to prevent his family from communicating outside.
  • In September 2018: The Saudi authorities launched a war of nerves aimed at psychological harm to the family of the victim, by spreading rumors related to the deterioration of his health and then his death.

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Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

Legal violations related to the period of detention:

  1. Break into private property without presenting a warrant.
  2. Intrusion into the house at times other than a system.
  3. Use excessive force to terrorize civilians.
  4. Not to notify victims of the charges against them upon arrest.
  5. Seizure of private property without giving legal permission (two cell phones and a personal computer).
  6. Expose the victim to enforced disappearance.
  7. Failure to announce the victim’s whereabouts and allow his lawyer to see him.
  8. Not allowing a lawyer to appear during any investigation so far.
  9. 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.


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