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Hearing Appeal for Three Protesters, Two of which are Initially Sentenced to Death by the Saudi Justice on Charges Based on Forced Confession

Mohammed Faisal AlShiyouk 20 -year-old

Mohammed Faisal AlShiyouk 20 -year-old

Ali Saeed AlRebh 18-year-old

Ali Saeed AlRebh 18-year-old

Ali Ahmed AlRebh 20-year-old

Ali Ahmed AlRebh 20-year-old

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Out of nine detainees from the province of Qatif were sentenced to death due to their human rights demands in the period between May to October 2014, as one of them is Sheikh Nimr AlNimr. Three of these detainees are currently held in the Saudi capital Riyadh: Ali Saeed AlRebh 18-year-old; Ali Ahmed AlRebh 20-year-old and Mohammed Faisal AlShiyouk 20 -year-old. They are in Riyadh to attend a secret hearing of the appeal to the sentenced against them in ninth of June 2014.

Based on forced confession and torture, they were charged with: (possession and use of arms against the security forces and to protect the demonstrations; possession and throw (molotov cocktail) on security’s vehicle; set a security vehicle on fire and driving/stealing its contents; robbery of a pharmacy and damage to its contents; organize and participate in the demonstrations; graffiti; participate in a Blackberry (Group) that concerned with demonstrations; attend Sheikh Nimr AlNimr’s speeches; harboring fugitives). Based on these charges, Ali Saeed AlRebh and Mohammed Faisal AlShiyouk were sentenced to death and Ali Ahmed AlRebh to 25-year in prison and travel bans for 25-year.

Recall that the Saudi government did not allow them to have a lawyer during the investigations, right to counsel, which have taken place already and led to forced confession and torture.

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights has noted an exaggerated allegations and charges used by the public prosecutor against the detainees, where it was clarified further in the (Execution Claims) report which was issued on December 22, 2013. Such an exaggeration was done by the judiciary in order to reach maximum sentence, death sentence. Keep in mind that in Saudi Arabia such a penalty as death sentence has not been issued for such charges as in these cases.

Note that Saudi Court, and based on its sentences, it did not take into consideration the torture and forced confession is illegal. Therefore, such confessions cannot be legally valid to proceed, as it is described in Article 15 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which Saudi Arabia joined in 1997: (Each State Party shall ensure that any statement which is established to have been made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence in any proceedings..) [1].

 

#TrialsNotebook  7.2015 13/02/2015

#TrialsNotebook 7.2015 13/02/2015

 


 

[1] Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CAT.aspx