The state was not satisfied with its crimes against activists and influencers in society, until it extended its repression of reformers, preachers and scholars, in a dangerous step that threatens Saudi competencies.
Sheikh Al-Ouda is one of the most prominent religious figures who have been arrested and abused many times during the past three decades. The General Investigations arrested him in September 1994 until July 1999 without trial because of his criticism of the government.
His arrest was repeated in September 2017 by State Security, and the Public Prosecutor brought charges against him a year after his arrest. In September 2018 he demanded the death penalty against him, as he was charged with 37 charges related to his peaceful speech calling for reforms.
Dr. Al-Ouda’s suffering continues inside prison, where he is exposed to the most horrific methods of abuse, injustice and violations. This includes continuous solitary confinement, ill-treatment, medical neglect, and the prohibition of visits or contact for long periods, as well as the psychological and physical torture that haunts him.
SANAD calls on the relevant government agencies to consider the case of the preacher Sheikh Dr. Salman al-Ouda. It should release him unconditionally, out of respect for his scholarly status and human rights.