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Saudi juveniles now in ‘solitary confinement’ far from families, says father


Reprieve | October 9, 2015

The father of Ali al-Nimr, a Saudi juvenile facing execution for his role in protests, has spoken of his uncertainty and concern about the fate of his son, as it emerged Ali and a second juvenile are now being held in solitary confinement in a prison in Riyadh.

Speaking last night, Mohammed al-Nimr said that the family hadn’t seen their son since 15th September, saying: “I’m very worried now, because they’ve moved my son to a prison in Riyadh, and he’s in solitary confinement – I fear he could be executed at any moment.” He added that Ali was among several other young men sentenced to death in the wake of protests, including Dawoud al-Marhoon, whose sentence of beheading was upheld last week.

Both Ali and Dawoud were 17 when they were arrested in the wake of protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Both received death sentences after being tortured into ‘confessions’ used to convict them in the country’s secretive Specialized Criminal Court. Executions are shrouded in secrecy in Saudi Arabia, and it is possible that both juveniles could now be executed at any time, without prior notification to their families. However, speaking to Al Jazeera this week, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, the Saudi permanent representative to the UN, suggested that Ali’s case was still “being reviewed in legal circles”, ahead of his execution receiving the “personal approval of the King”.

Speaking to Channel 4 last night, Ali’s father Mohammed al-Nimr said that as the UK and Saudi Arabia had a “warm relationship”, he hoped that interventions by the British government would save his son. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government has raised Ali’s case with the Saudi authorities; however, the Ministry of Justice has faced criticism over its ongoing bid to provide services to the Saudi prison system, which would be responsible for carrying out Ali and Dawoud’s executions.

Concerns over the UK’s position come amid growing calls for firmer interventions from close allies of Saudi Arabia, such as the UK and the US. Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a resolution that called on member states – including the UK – to “deploy all their diplomatic tools and make every effort to immediately stop the execution” of Ali and others arrested at protests.

Commenting, Kate Higham, caseworker at human rights organization Reprieve, said: “Saudi Arabia’s plans to kill Ali and Dawoud are appalling, and have rightly caused an international outcry. Now these two juveniles – who have been through a shocking ordeal of torture and unfair trials – have been disappeared to solitary confinement, far from their families, who have no idea what the next few days could bring. We can only imagine how terrified they must be. Countries like the UK and the US, who count the Saudis among their closest allies, must listen to Ali’s father and urge a halt to these executions. Britain’s Ministry of Justice must also urgently call off its bid to provide services to the Saudi prison service that will carry out these executions.”

October 9, 2015 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Saudi Arabia, al-Mouallimi, confess, in the name of Freedom of Rights, that sharia law is a “human right”.

    The true nature of FREEDOM of SELF RIGHTS…to do what is right in one’s own eyes.
    For Saudi Arabia, in the name of FREEDOM… it is Islam and its sharia law.
    …as Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, said ““The application of sharia law as far as human rights is concerned is the highest form of human rights,” he said, adding: “We believe that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards. If that doesn’t please someone here or there, that’s their problem not ours.”

    For “Pope Francis”…it is the Catholic religion.
    For Christians…it is their individual definition of Jesus Christ.
    For Jews…it is the land that they claim.
    For homosexuals…it is their right to same sex marriage.

    This FREEDOM that all nations worship as a “god of fortresses’ dictates that it is RIGHT, a right, to worship ANY ‘god’ as per one’s self justifying definition of “good and evil”.
    And President Obama, leader of the free world, has blasphemously proclaimed in Jerusalem that this FREEDOM is the light of man.

    But very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the One Creator, will return, as a thief in the night (suddenly, unexpected, and unwelcome), to rule the earth in obedience and power as the ONE KING according to the Will of the One Creator and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”, for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES) as a god.
    …and man will weep and clench his teeth in intense anger when his freedom will be no more.

    The Lord Jesus Christ said to repent and to serve HIM, the One True Way of the Creator.


    Comment by johnstefanyszyn | October 15, 2015 | Reply

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