ESOHR would like to highlight urgent fears mount regarding the imminent execution of Saudi Arabian several prisoners, following their transfer to the kingdom capital Riyadh in the early hours of Saturday 15th July 2017, from Dammam sparking concerns of imminent implementation of their execution orders. The transferal of prisoners to Riyadh, is a common procedure which has been seen in previous death penalty cases in kingdom, and signals a worrying development.
With regards to those transferred, several prisoners who were sentenced to death as part of a mass death sentence of 14 individuals in June 2016 are amongst those transferees, and the following names have already been confirmed: Munir Al-Adam, Abdullah Al-Turaif, Abdullah Al-Sareeh and Mujtaba Al-Suwaiket.
Amongst thosetransferred to Riyadh is Munir Al-Adam, a disabled prisoner who was arrested in connection with his participation on Arab spring protestors. Munir’s transferral comes after his death sentence was upheld by a secret appeals court two months ago, and follows recent reports that he had been taken into solitary confinement whilst still in prison in Dammam in recent days, which is a common procedure in the kingdom when death penalty orders are about to be implemented. Munir was initially arrested in February 2012, he was tortured during his detention and beaten so hard he lost the remaining hearing in one ear. He later subjected to an unfair trial in the notorious specialised criminal court in Riyadh, where is sis confession, which was elicited via torture, was used to convict him and sentence him to death.
These fears come amidst a surge in executions in the month of July 2017, with 4 prisoners being executed just days says earlier, including protestors such as Amjad Al-Moebid and Yussuf Al-Mushaykhuss.
ESOHR would like to confirm that prisoners such as Munir Al-Adam are being punished for exercising their fundamental human rights such as freedom of assembly. Saudi Arabia consistently fails to abide by the strict criteria which safeguardssubstantive and procedural requirements with relation to the death penalty for retentionist states.
ESOHR also stresses that the unknown fate of the 14 detainees requires rapid and effective movement at all levels, especially as the Saudi authorities seems intent on carrying out more executions in secret and without any prior announcement.