Controversial Execution: Criticizing the Saudi Crown Prince Leads to Death Sentence
Nasser al-Ghamdi, a Saudi citizen sentenced to death for his social media posts critical of the Saudi regime
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Human Rights Watch reported that Muhammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi, a Saudi national with a mere 8 Twitter followers, was given a death sentence for sharing posts on Twitter that criticized Bin Salman.
Mohammad Al-Ghamdi, a 54-year-old retired teacher from Saudi Arabia, has been handed a death sentence for sharing five retweets that criticized the Saudi regime. His conviction was based on articles 30, 34, 43, and 44 of the Saudi Anti-Terrorism Law.
The charges against him include accusations of "disloyalty to the government," "undermining religion or justice by describing the crown prince," "promoting individuals who aim to disrupt public order through his Twitter and YouTube accounts," and "expressing sympathy for individuals detained on terrorism-related charges. ".
During the interrogation, Al-Ghamdi clarified that his intention was not to confront the Al-Saud government. He claimed that he followed those pages to read differing opinions and only retweeted some of them.
According to his family, al-Ghamdi is dealing with severe mental health issues, and the Saudi authorities have denied him access to essential prescription medications required for his treatment and management. They have stated that al-Ghamdi's mental and physical health has significantly worsened since his arrest, and he is currently suffering from four different illnesses. Additionally, al-Ghamdi has been held in solitary confinement for a period of three months.
According to Amnesty International, Mohammad bin Nasser al-Ghamdi has not been charged with any violent offenses. This year, Saudi Arabia has executed 92 individuals who have been critical of the government. Additionally, hundreds of critics have been handed lengthy prison sentences ranging from 30 to 40 years.
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