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Saudi Shia Muslim Detained in Custody Since Thirty Months Without Trial

Saudi Shia Muslim Detained in Custody Since Thirty Months Without Trial

For thirty months, the Saudi Wahhabi police is still holding a Shia citizen Ridha Algashaam for unidentified reasons and without formal charges to date.

The Saudi Wahhabi authorities arrested the young Algashaam (25 years) in January 2008 amid conflicting reports about the reason for his apprehension.

Algashaam’s young wife was also harshly interrogated on the 25th February of the same year. The detainee is the son of a known Hasawian cleric Sheikh Abdul Aziz Algashaam the imam of

the Montazar mosque in Rashidiya district in Mobaraz city that the authorities cut off its power in November 2008 and then returned after the intervention of Saudi Human Rights Commission.

Last September, the authorities released a friend of the detainee, the teacher Naïf Albaqshi after an arrest of 18 months without receiving information about the charges against him.

Saudi Activists have launched a campaign last January in solidarity with Ridha Algashaam on the pages of the famous social networking site “facebook” calls for the Saudi authorities to release him.

The campaign came two years after the arrest of the young Algashaam without any formal charges that have a complete blackout imposed by the authorities of the Saudi secret police on the circumstances of the case.

According to close sources, the detainee had already been arrested in a raid carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department to a bookstore in the Shiite area of Mahdia in Alkhars in November 2004 where he worked as a seller.

As usual, the authorities and official human rights commissions befall silent about frequent human rights abuses.

In the past six years, Alahsa Province witnessed a series of sectarian arrests that reaped hundreds of Shiites, including clerics, and of course along with shutting down dozens of mosques, councils and religious schools.

jos_saudiFor thirty months, the Saudi Wahhabi police is still holding a Shia citizen Ridha Algashaam for unidentified reasons and without formal charges to date.
The Saudi Wahhabi authorities arrested the young Algashaam (25 years) in January 2008 amid conflicting reports about the reason for his apprehension.
Algashaam’s young wife was also harshly interrogated on the 25th February of the same year. The detainee is the son of a known Hasawian cleric Sheikh Abdul Aziz Algashaam the imam of
the Montazar mosque in Rashidiya district in Mobaraz city that the authorities cut off its power in November 2008 and then returned after the intervention of Saudi Human Rights Commission.
Last September, the authorities released a friend of the detainee, the teacher Naïf Albaqshi after an arrest of 18 months without receiving information about the charges against him.
Saudi Activists have launched a campaign last January in solidarity with Ridha Algashaam on the pages of the famous social networking site “facebook” calls for the Saudi authorities to release him.
The campaign came two years after the arrest of the young Algashaam without any formal charges that have a complete blackout imposed by the authorities of the Saudi secret police on the circumstances of the case.
According to close sources, the detainee had already been arrested in a raid carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department to a bookstore in the Shiite area of Mahdia in Alkhars in November 2004 where he worked as a seller.
As usual, the authorities and official human rights commissions befall silent about frequent human rights abuses.
In the past six years, Alahsa Province witnessed a series of sectarian arrests that reaped hundreds of Shiites, including clerics, and of course along with shutting down dozens of mosques, councils and religious schools.

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