Since his arrest on October 15, 2021, today marks the 850th day for Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan, the former Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Studies. His arrest was due to an article he published that questioned the economic and political future of Saudi Arabia in the era of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
SANAD organisation previously obtained information from private sources indicating the deterioration of his physical and psychological condition. These sources also revealed that he was detained in a security facility for several months before being transferred to prison. Furthermore, SANAD organisation revealed that Dr. Al-Sarhan was prevented from communicating with his family, raising additional concerns about his rights and detention conditions.
SANAD organisation expresses its deep concern about the continued detention of Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan, the former Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Studies, for 850 days. This detention constitutes a violation of human rights and freedoms of opinion and expression. SANAD organisation renews its call to the Saudi authorities for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Al-Sarhan.