Fayadh was originally sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes in May 2014. His appeal was dismissed. In his retrial he was sentenced to death in November 2015.
In his 2014 trial, the main witness that testified against Fayadh was dismissed as strong evidence suggested that his testimony was not credible. Yet, in his 2015 retrial, the majority of the case heavily relied on this witness and on the witness statements of two members of the religious police, while the independent witnesses in defence of Fayadh were dismissed for no apparent reason.
We at ALQST believe that Ashraf Fayadh’s death sentence is unjust based on an unfair trial. We seek a retrial that is fair and open, where Fayadh has access to his lawyers. The credibility of witnesses must be accurately and fairly accessed and any witness that has a personal vendetta against the defendant must not be used in court nor witnesses from any government body that uses torture should be admissible in court.