توفيق العامر

During this current August, the SCC ruled on Tawfiq Al Amer to a sentence of eight years

Update 26/02/2015: In January 2015, the Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal in Saudi Arabia upheld the sentencing decision of the SCC in the case of Al Amer. Al Amer was sentenced to 8 years in prison, followed by a 10 year travel ban and a ban on participating in speeches or lectures upon release.

During this current August, the Specialised Criminal Court ruled on Tawfiq Al Amer, a cleric and political activist, to a sentence of eight years, followed by a travel ban for a period of ten years after his release and a ban on him participating in any speeches or lectures.

Al Amer’s conviction includes charges of the defamation of the monarchy, sedition, to advocate for change and interfering with the decisions made by the king. Those charges affect the freedom of expression and is dedicated to silencing all voices that speak against the violation of the Saudi regime.

It is important to note that this is the fifth arrest of Al Amer who was previously arrested on charges relating to political, social and religious activities. Al Amer called for social justice, the constitution of the country to divide into three separate authorities and supported the demands of the majority.

Saudi authorities, who did not like Al Amer’s activity, had previously offered him parole as long as he would stop his activism however he rejected the offer flatly and as a result he faced aggravation.

ALQST for Human Rights calls for an increase of pressure on the Saudi authorities for the immediate release of Tawfiq Al-Amer, and drop all charges against him due to the judgement being based on the prevention of freedom of expression.

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