Project Description

In prison since : April 29, 2004

Sulaiman al-Alwan

Religious scholar

Reason for arrest:

  • His rejection of the American aggression against Iraq, and his refusal to praise the Saudi government and its policies.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth:

Religious scholar

Place of residence:
Al-Qassim / Buraidah

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest : April 29, 2004

Manner of arrest :

  • On April 29, 2004, he was arrested by the Saudi Detective Force.

Where held : AlTuraif prison in Qassim

Trial information

Charges :

  1. Contradicting the opinion of the Supreme Council of Senior Scholars.
  2. Money laundering through fundraising.
  3. The sheikh refused to speak in the security court, asked to be tried in the ordinary court, and required a public trial, but they refused and insisted on refraining from making any statements before the security court.

Court: The Specialized Criminal Court

Updates on trial:

Verdict: imprisonment for fifteen years, as of the date of his arrest and the prohibition from travelling abroad for ten years.

Date of the verdict: October 2, 2013


Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Enforced disappearance

Violation details :

Legal violations related to the arrest and trial of the victim:

  1. Violating the sanctity of a home without a warrant, in the first stage of his arrest.
  2. Not notifying the victim of the charges against him in the first arrest.
  3. Exposing the victim to enforced disappearance during the first months of detention.
  4. Failure to announce the place of detention of the victim and access to legal advice and a lawyer.
  5. Not allowing a lawyer to appear during investigations conducted by the intelligence service during the first stage of detention.
  6. The trial of the accused was based on malicious charges, given that the victim did not accept the requests of the Saudi regime to speak according to what was requested of him.

The stages of detention and their violations:

The first stage:

  1. He was arrested on April 29, 2004, and remained in arbitrary detention until a case was prepared and he was referred to the court on October 8, 2012.
  2. During his trial on December 5, 2012, he was released before any judgment was pronounced.
  3. The victim was subjected to enforced disappearance in a terrible and terrifying manner several times and was prevented from visits and knowing the times of the day and prayers.
  4. The victim was physically tortured during interrogation.
  5. Confinement inside a solitary cell throughout his prison period, except for some months, he was joined with his brothers.
  6. Confiscation of the mattress, cover and pillow from his cell, to make the victim sleep on the floor in cold conditions, as they knew that this would harm the victim who suffered from back pain.

The second phase:

  1. The court issued a judgment on October 2, 2013.
  2. He was then arrested again on December 16, 2013, after several discussions with him, and they asked him to meet with the security officials. Still, he refused out of fear of being arrested again.
  3. Confinement in a solitary cell to date.
  4. Again, the authorities confiscated the mattress, cover and pillow from his cell, to make the victim sleep on the floor in cold conditions, as they knew that this would harm the victim who suffered from back pain.
  5. Searching his cell unnecessarily repeatedly in order to provoke the victim.


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