Personal information

  • Sex: Male
  • Area of activity: Academic , Writer
  • Place of residence: Jeddah
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Academic Abdullah al-Maliki has written many newspaper and online articles calling for social and political reforms. His books include ​​Siyadat al-umma qabl tatbiq al-Sharia: Nahwa fada’ amthal li-tajseed mabadi’ al-Islam (Sovereignty of the community before the application of Sharia: Towards a better space for embodying the principles of Islam).

Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh
  • Date of arrest: 12 September 2017
  • Manner of arrest: He was arrested after a raid on his home

Trial information

  • Charges: Charges related cultural activities, such as possession of banned books, and other charges including defending members of civil rights group ACPRA.
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Verdict: Seven year prison sentence


  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention


  • 03 September 2020 - He was sentenced to seven years in jail.
  • 12 September 2017 - Al-Maliki was arbitrarily arrested, following a raid on his home in Jeddah, during a widescale crackdown on journalists, preachers, human rights activists and others critical of the Saudi authorities. For several weeks following his arrest he was forcibly disappeared.

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