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Four lawyers

Saudi Arabia

L4L organizes a letter writing campaign for 4 lawyers from Saudi Arabia, to express concerns about the recent developments in this country.

Mr Abdulrahman Al- Subaihi, Mr Bander Alnogaithan, and Mr Abdulrahman Al- Rumaih advocate for the independence of the judiciary, through the use of social media platforms. The three lawyers were sentenced on 27 October 2014, on charges including “insulting the judiciary” and “prejudicing public order” via Twitter. According to the information L4L received Abdulrahman Al- Subaihi was sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment and a further 10-year travel ban on charges relating to “interfering with the ruler’s competencies”, “sabotaging Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy”, “insulting the judiciary” and “inciting against judges” via Twitter. Bander Alnogaithan and Abdulrahman Al- Rumaih were sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment and a further 7-year travel ban for charges including “insulting the judiciary” and “interfering with its competencies”. All three were banned from making media appearances or using social media platforms.

On October 28 the first female lawyer of Saudi Arabia, Souad Al-Shammary,  was arrested while attending a first interrogation session at the Bureau of Investigation in Jeddah. Al-Shammari has been interrogated for tweets she published on her Twitter account and she currently faces charges including “calling upon society to disobey by describing society as masculine” as well as “using sarcasm while mentioning religious texts and religious scholars.” L4L received the concerning information that Souad Al-Shammari’s lawyer was prevented from attending interrogation sessions and was not able to see the interrogation report. Furthermore, Al-Shammari seems to have been verbally abused by the investigator who told her “now the society will get rid of your evils.”

Help these lawyers too and join in this campaign! Please download the example letters, them and send them via airmail to the addresses mentioned in the letters. If you have done so, can you please let us know via secr@lawyersforlawyers.nl?

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