Waleed arrested

WaleedPic3Waleed faced two suits: one in the General Court in Jeddah, and the other in the specialized security court in Riyadh.

At September 11, 2011 the trial of Waleed began in the Court in Jeddah when Judge Abdul Majid Alshoihi charges him of “contempt of the judiciary” , “communicating with foreign parties” ,”demanding a constitutional monarchy” and “participation in the media to discredit the country” , “inciting public opinion against public order of the country. “[9] [26] In October 29, 2013 the Court issued a judgment of 3 months in prison [27].In the February 24, 2014 the Court of Appeal ratified judgment, [28] but Waleed was not arrested and did not summoned. This judgment has been criticized by Amnesty Internationalwhich said that it refers to the arbitrary nature of the Saudi justice system. [29] Judgment was also condemned by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights [30] [31]

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Waleed was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and handed over to police in Jeddah, which in turn told Waleedthat his arrest was by the order of the governor of the region of Mecca, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. He was arrested due to hosting a forum that is not licensed at his home attended by the so-called reformers and activists. “In order to destabilize the security and stability of the country. “[32] [33] The next day,Waleed was transformed to the investigation and Prosecution Authority which interrogated and then released him on bail after he refused to sign a pledge to stop the activity of his forum “Diwaniyah” [34] The Human Rights Watch described detention as a clear violation of the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression [35].

In October 6, 2013, similar charges were given to Wleed the in the SCC. On April 15, 2014, during the presence of Waleed of the fifth session of the trial where the judge issued a decision to arrest him at the disposal of the case. He wassent to AlHaeer prison without the knowledge of his family or his lawyer [36]. His wife Samar Badawiflew from Jeddah to Riyadh in the next day, the court told her that he was arrested. Samar went to AlHaeer prison but has been prevented from talking to him. [37] [38] on April 25, Samar said that her husband was exposed to political torture. [39] [40] Amnesty International has demanded the release of Waleed “immediately and unconditionally, because it is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and forming and participating in assembly and association. “[41] Human rights Watch has demanded his release” immediately and drop the charges against him. “[37] The Frontline Defenders said that detention is relevant to his legitimate and peaceful human rights only [42]. Reporters Without Borders Org has condemned the arrest, saying that this trial, it is not only a tragic farce orchestrated by the Saudi authorities to crack down on all opposition voices [43].After the arrest of Waleed, dozens of young people in Saudi Arabia sent solidarity with him messages. [44] on May 15, Amnesty International published article written by Waleed before his arrest. [45]

Waleed refused to recognize the legitimacy of specialized security court or to plead, [4] for refusing “crimes of terrorism and its financing law,” which is using against him on court. [3]

In 2010, Waleed went to Britain and stayed there for 8 months in preparation for the start of study for a doctorate in comparative law in a thesis entitled: “The problem of the rule of law at the national level between Islamic law and general international law and its applications in Saudi Arabia.”
However, He has been summoned by the Saudi authorities which opened several investigations into his activities and prevented from traveling.

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