Project Description

In prison since:
Status: In Prison

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Personal information

Name: Waleed Abu al-Khair
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Date of birth / Age: 17 June 1979
Profession: Human rights activist
Place of residence: Jeddah

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest:
Manner of arrest: During the fifth session of his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court the judge ordered him arrested pending the outcome of the case; Abu al-Khair was placed in Al-Ha’ir Prison
Where held: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Contempt of court; criticising the system of absolute monarchy and calling for a constitutional monarchy; inciting public opinion; communicating with foreign entities; using the media to smear the country’s reputation
Victim's Charges: Contempt of court; criticising the system of absolute monarchy and calling for a constitutional monarchy; inciting public opinion; communicating with foreign entities; using the media to smear the country’s reputation
Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
Verdict: 15-year prison term, 15-year travel ban and a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals
Date of verdict:
Updates on trial:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Torture and ill-treatment
Violation details: On 29 November 2019, he started a hunger strike as an objection to ill treatment and removal from Dhabhan prison to high security prison on the 26 November, in which he was subjected to punishments by prolonged sun exposure, denied to basic furniture such as mattress, heater/air-conditioner and all his books were seized. After nearly two weeks Waleed ended his hunger strike. However, on 11 December 2019 he was placed in high security prison again and he went in hunger strike for the second time to protest against ill treatment. On 6 February 2020 Waleed ended his hunger strike after he was removed from high security prison and sent back to general prison.

References

Reference 1: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/waleed-abu-al-khair
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