12/12/2019

Urgent Action: Palestinian Father and Son Arbitrarily Detained (Saudi Arabia: UA 172.19)


On 4 April 2019, Palestinian national Dr Mohammed al-Khudari (81) and his son Dr Hani al-Khudari (48) were arbitrarily arrested and remain in detention without charge. They were held incommunicado and in solitary confinement for the first three months of their detention. Dr Mohammad al-Khudari requires adequate medical attention and treatment for cancer.

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King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty the King
Royal Court, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 11 403 3125
Ambassador Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037
Phone: 202 342 3800
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2KScqag
Twitter: @SaudiEmbassyUSA
Salutation: Your Royal Highness

Your Majesty,

On 4 April 2019 at 5:00 am, Palestinian national Dr Mohammed al-Khudari (81) was arbitrarily arrested from his home in Jeddah by Saudi officials, without presenting a warrant. Later the same day, Dr Mohammed al-Khudari’s son, Dr Hani al-Khudari was arrested while leaving his work at Um al-Qur’a University in Mecca, by men in plain clothes who asked him for directions and then forced him into their car.

Both men were forcibly disappeared for one month after their arrest and held incommunicado and in solitary confinement for the next two months of their detention. A month into Dr Mohammed al-Khudari’s arrest, his wife received a phone call from authorities in Dhahban Prison requesting his medical records. Two weeks prior to his arrest Dr Mohammed al-Khudari had undergone surgery. There is serious concern for his health as he was detained while he was being treated for cancer, especially as the most recent medical tests indicate that his tumor has grown, requiring urgent medical attention.

Dr Mohammed al-Khudari and Dr Hani al-Khudari have been arbitrarily detained in Dhahban Prison without charge or trial since April 2019. They were repeatedly interrogated without a lawyer present.

I therefore call on your Majesty to release Dr Mohammed al-Khudari and Dr Hani al-Khudari immediately unless they are promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offense and tried in proceedings that respect international standards for fair trial, including the inadmissibility of coerced statements. In the interim, ensure that both men are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, have access to lawyers, and are allowed to contact their family, and that Dr Mohammed al-Khudari is immediately granted adequate medical attention.

Yours sincerely,

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