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Saudi arrests son of jailed cleric for Palestine support

Saudi arrests son of jailed cleric for Palestine support.

Saudi arrests son of jailed cleric

Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested the son of an imprisoned prominent dissident cleric over his support for the Palestinian cause.

Particularly, his strong denunciation of the kingdom’s attempts to normalize diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime brought him detention.

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced this in a post.

Saudi arrests son of jailed cleric

On its official Twitter page it posted that Saudi officials have detained Abdulaziz al-Odah. “The arrest clearly shows that condemnation of normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime and support for the Palestinian cause will land activists behind bars.” It further notes it Abdulaziz’s only crime.”

Abdulaziz al-Odah is the son of Sheikh Salman al-Odah.

Sheikh Salman al-Odah Sr.

On October 10, Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh adjourned the trial of the 62-year-old cleric to October 30.

The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on September 4, 2018 that Saudi public prosecutors had leveled 37 counts against Sheikh Odah Sr. And even demanded his execution.

Saudi authorities detained the prominent Muslim scholar on September 7 last year and have held in solitary confinement without charge or trial ever since.

Odah family denied travel abroad

Officials have imposed travel bans on members of his family as well. A family member told Human Rights Watch that the distinguished cleric was being held over his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.

Odah prayed for reconciliation

Odah, instead, posted a tweet, saying, “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people.” That meant apparent call for reconciliation between the Persian Gulf littoral states, the US-based rights group said in a statement.

Intra-GCC rivalries

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, after officially accusing it of “sponsoring terrorism.”

Qatar termed the move as unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

Saudi Arabia has lately stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction of peaceful dissidents and human rights campaigners.

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