More than 7000 days have passed since the first arrest of Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Alwan in 2004. He was temporarily released in 2012, but this did not last long as he was re-arrested in 2013 and remains under arbitrary detention to this day.
In addition to arbitrary detention, Al-Alwan has been subjected to numerous violations including solitary confinement, and physical torture, including being deprived of sleep for long periods. As a result, his health has significantly deteriorated to the point where he sometimes loses consciousness. Despite this, the Saudi authorities deliberately neglect his medical needs.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 10-year travel ban for contradicting the views of the Council of Senior Scholars. Later, an additional 4 years were added, making his sentence 19 years in total.