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Dr Adil Ahmed Banaima

journalist and media

detainee

Date of Birth
1974
City Of Birth
Jeddah
Gender
Male
Nationality
Saudi
Education
PhD in Sciences of the Arabic language, Umm Al-Qura University

About The Detainee

A thinker, poet and writer; he is a member of the College of Arabic Language at Umm Al-Qura University. He holds a doctorate with honours, has certificates of experience in the field of television preparation and presentation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Jeddah Literary Club. He is an Editor in a number of local newspapers, and has prepared and presented a number of television programs and has many articles in local and Arab newspapers.

Arrest And Human Rights Violations

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Date Of Arrest:
2017-01-01
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City Of Internment:
Makkah
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Reason
Within the campaign that targeted thinkers, activists and opinion influencers
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Method
He was arrested from his home in Makkah when authorities raided his home in the middle of the night, confiscating his electronic devices and a number of his books and research papers
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Practices And Violations
- He was subjected to solitary confinement for several months and denied any contact with his family, and was not permitted to appoint a lawyer. - He and his family were terrorised during his arrested - He was fired from his job at Umm Al-Qura University - He faced medical negligence, especially after his health deteriorated and he suffered from diseases in his stomach and intestines
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The Human Dimension In His Detention
He appeared in a video clip with the artist Muhammad Abdo, who visited the prison as part of a campaign to polish the image of Saudi prisons by the government. In the video he appeared pale.
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Prison
Dhahban
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Trial and legal proceedings
He was charged with vague charges, such as inciting public opinion. The Public Prosecution demanded that he be punished severely.

Time Line For Arrest

2017-09-12

Arrested

2018-08-20

Secret hearings began, but he was not charged

2019-03-22

His last hearing – he has not been presented before a court nor sentenced to date

2021-04-15

He suffers numerous medical complications especially in the stomach and intestines, and therefore is in need of care

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