Together for Justice has warned Saudi authorities of the repercussions of the continued arrest of the Saudi academic Nasser Al-Omar, 70, amid very difficult detention conditions, stressing that his health condition is in real danger.
Nasser Al-Omar was a professor at the Faculty of Fundamentals of Religion at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, near Riyadh. He was arrested in 2018, and charged for offenses related to free expression.
Like other Saudi political prisoners, Al-Omar was denied basic legal rights, including having a lawyer or a fair trial. He was also subjected to tough investigation where his testimonies were extracted under pressure. However, his torture allegations were never investigated.
In September 2021, the Saudi Specialised Criminal Court sentenced Al-Omar to 10 years in prison, with four years suspended. However, the Court of Appeal increased the sentence to 30 years without any legal basis.
Well-informed sources affirmed that Al-Omar has received a royal pardon ending his imprisonment, but the judge refused his release, saying that “the pardon does not include his old tweets.”
In this regard, we stress that Dr. Nasser Al-Omar’s continued arrest is unfair and arbitrary, and demand his immediate release. We also demand an investigation into his torture allegations and all the violations he was subjected to during his detention.