Personal information

  • Sex: Male
  • Marital status: Married
  • Date of birth: 1954
  • Area of activity: Academic , Lawyer
  • Place of residence: Medina
  • Group:

Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah
  • Manner of arrest: On his way home from a funeral he was surrounded by security officers and arrested with excessive use of force

Trial information

  • Charges: Disobeying the ruler; planning to start a political party; communicating with foreign entities
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Verdict: 20-year prison term and 20-year travel ban
  • Date of verdict: 22 November 2011


  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention ,
  • Denied contact with family ,
  • Torture and ill-treatment ,
  • Denied access to healthcare

Violation details

Torture and arbitrary arrest; , humiliation and use of excessive force during arrest; denied visits; non-independent judiciary


  • 12 October 2021 - He was murdered in prison. He was beaten around the head and face with sharp objects, causing facial injuries and fractures to his skull that led to his death.
  • May 2018 - He suffered a stroke. The prison administration gave him the wrong medication before transferring him to a psychiatric hospital with the aim of damaging his intellectual reputation and giving the impression that he was mentally ill.
  • 22 November 2011 - He was sentenced by the Criminal Court to 20 years in prison followed by a travel ban of similar duration.
  • 02 February 2007 - He was arrested among a group of academics and clerics known as “the Jeddah Reformers.”


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