Personal information

  • Sex: Male
  • Marital status: Married
  • Date of birth: 1962
  • Area of activity: Academic , ACPRA Member
  • Place of residence: Riyadh

Co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)

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Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Malaz Prison, Riyadh
  • Date of arrest: 17 April 2014
  • Manner of arrest: Arrested while at criminal investigation headquarters

Trial information

  • Charges: Inciting public opinion; creating public disorder by calling for demonstrations; insulting the authorities; co-founding an unlicensed organisation (ACPRA)
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Verdict: 9-year prison term followed by a nine-year travel ban upon release and a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals
  • Date of verdict: 13 October 2015


  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention ,
  • Denied contact with family ,
  • Denied access to a lawyer

Violation details

While in prison, he was in incommunicado detention.


  • 9 January 2023 - He was released following the expiry of his sentence. He remains subject to a nine-year travel ban.
  • 13 October 2015 - He was sentenced to 9 years in prison followed by a nine-year travel ban upon release and a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals.
  • July 2014 - His trial began.
  • 17 April 2014 - He was arrested when he was instructed to go to the Criminal Investigation Bureau in the province of al-Qassim.

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