Dr Awad bin Mohammad al-Qarni
About The Detainee
A thinker, legal researcher and lawyer. He is a prominent intellectual and scholar in Saudi society. He is a contemporary Islamic researcher and thinker and a reference in many matters of culture and thought. He has a strong media presence, including a strong platform on Twitter with a large following. He has many published books and research articles in jurisprudence, literature, politics and human development, as well as dozens of TV interviews. He has well-known stances on the Palestinian issue and fiercely opposes normalisation.
Arrest And Human Rights Violations
Time Line For Arrest
His first secret trial hearing since his arrest was held after Public Prosecution charged him with several charges and demanded his execution.
His second secret trial hearing was held
During 2019, several secret hearings were held, and a large number of hearings were postponed and stalled
The verdict hearing was supposed to take place, but it was postponed as the detainee was poisoned in prison. Human rights authorities suggest this was deliberate; he was given a dose of medicine as a result of the deterioration of his health condition. He was transferred to hospital and the hearing was postponed. No other hearing has been held to date
A court session scheduled for this date has been postponed.
The court held a hearing for him, and it was scheduled that the hearing to pronounce the verdict had been decided suddenly.
A surprise secret court session was held for him, which was scheduled for another date.
- Twitter removed the blue authentication tag from his twitter account
- Dr Awad Al-Qarni spent over two months in the hospital before his hearing on the 19th of December 2019. The severity of his condition necessitating he be brought to court in a wheelchair