Shehab – Palestine
Palestinians have staged a campaign in social media, urging Saudi Arabia to release two Palestinians who are imprisoned in the kingdom.
They called on the Riyadh regime to release Dr. Muhammad al-Khudari, 83, and his son Hani, who are being kept behind bars in Saudi Arabia over the past three years.
Al-Khudari and his son were arbitrarily arrested on April 4, 2019 and remained in detention without charge for almost one year. The father was undergoing cancer treatment when he was taken into custody.
Both men were forcibly disappeared for one month after their arrest, and held incommunicado and in solitary confinement for the next two months of their detention.
According to Amnesty International, “the two men were interrogated behind closed doors without the presence or participation of their lawyers, and their treatment and conditions of detention have caused them major stress and psychological pressure, especially Dr. Muhammad al-Khudari, as denying him access to adequate medical care led to worsening his health condition”.
“These conducts violate the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.”
On March 8, 2020, they were charged before the Saudi Supreme Court with “joining a terrorist group,” as part of a collective trial of 68 Hamas officals.
The trial “was marred by numerous and serious violations of their rights in the due process, including enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and detention and solitary confinement,” according to Amnesty International.
According to The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, More than 60 Palestinians and Jordanians residing in the Kingdom were arrested by the Saudi state security apparatus, under the pretext of financially supporting Palestinian factions. These detainees were placed in various prisons, including Al Haeer, Dhahban, Sha’ar, Dammam and Asir, and were not granted their legal defense rights.
The detainees, who are students, academics, businessmen and workers in relief institutions, have been isolated from the outside world for several months, their bank accounts have been frozen, and their money confiscated.
Testimonies of former detainees and families of current detainees indicate that the detainees were subjected to serious violations and harsh conditions of detention.