Days of Palestine

Friday, March 31

Muhammad al-Khudari: Two years of injustice and darkness in Saudi’s jails

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The leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" Muhammad Al-Khudari has been in Saudi prisons for two years, in very harsh and difficult conditions.

Despite appeals for his release due to the seriousness of his health condition, Riyadh continues to arrest him and prosecute him over cases of which he has proven innocent.

On 4 April 2019, Palestinian national Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari (81) and his son Dr. Hani alKhudari (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.

Amnesty International called upon people to write an appeal to call on Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to release Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari and his son Dr. Hani al-Khudari.

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari is a Palestinian national and a retired doctor and politician, who has been residing in Saudi Arabia for approximately 30 years. 

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari was the official representative in Saudi Arabia of the Hamas de facto authority in Gaza, and responsible for coordinating relations between the Hamas de facto authority in Gaza and the government of Saudi Arabia. 

He resigned from his position and has been inactive for the past 10 years due to his illness.

Dr. Hani al-Khudari is a Palestinian national with no political affiliations. He completed his Ph.D. in computer science and is currently a professor at Um al-Qur'an University, where he was arrested.

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari and Dr. Hani al-Khudari have been subjected to gross human rights violations including enforced
disappearance, arbitrary arrest and detention, being held incommunicado and in solitary confinement.

Furthermore, both men were interrogated behind closed doors without the presence or participation of their lawyers. Their treatment and conditions of detention placed a great deal of stress and psychological pressure on both men, especially Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari who was reportedly heard crying in his cell every night. 

The denial of access to adequate medical care deteriorated further the health conditions of Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari, who received a diagnosis while in detention that his cancer had developed. Such conduct violates the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

The arrests of the two Palestinian nationals are part of a wider crackdown by the Saudi Arabian authorities on Palestinians residing in Saudi Arabia with a perceived link to Hamas de facto authorities. 

Since February 2019, the Saudi authorities have detained approximately 60 Palestinians visiting or residing in Saudi Arabia, including students, academics, and businessmen. 

According to the family members of the detained Palestinians, they were subjected to enforced disappearance, held in solitary confinement, and detained incommunicado. 

Until this day, the detained Palestinians have been held in Saudi detention without charge or trial and have no access to legal representation.