The twitter account, Prisoners of Conscience which reports on the detainees of opinion in Saudi Arabia has revealed the details of trials of Sheikhs and activists arrested last year by the Saudi authorities.
According to the account, the terrorism court also known as the Specialized Criminal Court has held secret trials for 15 detainees, including sheikhs, academics, media personnel and activists.
Freedom for Abdullah al-Malki who was arbitrarily detained on this day 1 year ago. pic.twitter.com/h6cZgX6me1
— Prisoners of Conscie (@m3takl_en) September 11, 2018
The account said the prosecution called for severe penalties against the detainees that ranged from 20 years imprisonment to death.
The prosecuted detainees included Sheikh Salman al-Awda and Sheikh Awad al-Qarni, who faced more than 30 terrorism-related charges. The prosecution called for their death.
Preachers Ali Al-Omari and Muhammad al-Munjid were also brought to trial. Al- Munjid is reported to have been accused of supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Renowned journalist, Fahd al-Sunaidi a program’s presenter in the Al-Majd TV channel, was also brought to trial with terrorism-related charges, including demanding the release of opinion detainees and attending a conference in Libya without official permission.