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Saudi-Arabia: Kumotkaa Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdin kuolemantuomio ja vapauttakaa hänet välittömästi ja ehdoitta

MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER TWITTER POSTS

Waleed Mohammed Al Smani
Minister of Justice
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Postal Code 11472
P.O.Box 7775
Email: minister-office@moj.gov.sa

Your Excellency,

I am alarmed to learn that, on 9 July, the Specialized Criminal Court sentenced 54-year-old Saudi retired teacher Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi to death on trumped-up terrorism-related charges solely to his peaceful online activity on Twitter and YouTube.

According to his brother, Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi was arrested on 11 June 2022 by State Security forces as he sat with his wife and children in front of their house in al-Nawwariyyah neighbourhood in the city of Mecca. He was kept in solitary confinement in Dhahban prison near the city of Jeddah for four months, during which he was not allowed to contact his family or access a lawyer. Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi was allowed to contact his family only when he was moved to al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, about four months after he was arrested.

During questioning, interrogators asked Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi about his political opinions and his views on other imprisoned Saudi nationals, including religious clerics Salman al-Awda and Awad al-Qarni, both of whom were detained in 2017 and face the death penalty for their political views. According to the verdict and charges sheet reviewed by Amnesty International, Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi was convicted under articles 30, 34, 43 and 44 of Saudi’s counterterrorism law including for posts in which he criticized the Saudi King and Crown Prince and Saudi’s foreign policy, called for the release of detained religious clerics, and protested increased prices, all of which are views protected under his right to freedom of expression. He is not accused of any violent crime.

I urge you to ensure that Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi is released immediately and unconditionally, and that his conviction and sentence are quashed. Pending his release, we urge you to ensure his access to the adequate medical care he requires.

Yours sincerely,