Mohamed al-Otaibi

Personal information

  • Sex: Male
  • Marital status: Married
  • Profession: Human rights activist
  • Co-founder of a human rights organisation, the Union for Human Rights

Arrest and jail information

  • Date of arrest: 24 May 2017
  • Manner of arrest: Al-Otaibi was arrested in Hamad International Airport in Qatar while he was on his way to Norway, then deported to Saudi
  • Where held: Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate), Dammam

Trial information

  • Charges: “Forming an unlicensed organisation” (Al-Ittehad Human Rights Association), seeking to incite sedition and spread chaos, breaching public security and committing crimes punishable under article 6 of the Anti-Cybercrime law. On 14 October 2019, 4 new charges sheet were handed to Al-Otaibi included ” going to Qatar” and ” interfering in public affairs”. No international observers were seen
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Updates on trial: On 1 December 2020, he was sentenced by the SCC to one year in prison, which is to be added on to his existing 14-year term. The SCC increased the prison sentence against him to 17 years, adding three years onto his existing 14-year term.
  • Verdict: Sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by 14 year travel ban
  • Date of verdict: 25 January 2018
  • Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer
  • Violation details: He undertook a hunger strike between 11-31 January 2021, with his demands including a transfer from Dammam Prison to Jeddah, where his family live, and for proper medical care for his high blood pressure. He ended it after the authorities promised to meet his demands.

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