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Zuhair Kutbi

Name: Zuhair Kutbi

Zuhair Kutbi

Prisoner Status: In Prison

Primary Group: Journalist

Arrest Date: 10 January 2019

Personal information

Name: Zuhair Kutbi

Name in Arabic: زهير كتبي

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

Profession: Academic , Journalist , Writer

Place of residence: Mecca

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:10 January 2019

Manner of arrest: In a raid on his home in Mecca by police officers; he was beaten and humiliated at Mansoura police detention centre

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Alleged crimes: 1- He has called for constitutional monarchy 2- Written against corruption and mistreatment of prisoners of conscience

Victim's charges: Stirring up public opinion; agitating and diminishing people’s respect for the regime but previously arrrested 6 times on charges such as inciting public opinon against the government - He was sentenced to 4 years in prison in 2015 to spend half of it in prison. He was also banned from writing for 15 years. He was released in 2017 but later rearrested in 2018 without any specific charges.

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: Unknown

Date of verdict: Unknown

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Torture and ill-treatment , Denied access to healthcare

Violation details: Use of excessive force during arrest and ill-treatment during interrogation


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