Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saudi readies charges against prominent activist

Middle East Online, Aug 30. 2010

Reshoudi will be finally tried

Reshoudi’s lawyers have filed lawsuit against Saudi authorities, demanding they formally charge him or release him.

By Habib Trabelsi – PARIS

The General Investigation Directorate (GDI, or “Al-Mabahith al-’Amma”) succeeded in “pulling the rug from under the feet” of the Grievances Court (or “Diwan Al-Mazalem”), which was preparing charges against a prominent Saudi activist and Al-Reshoudi.

Former judge Sheikh Suliman Ibrahim Al-Reshoudi has been jailed without trial since 2007 after he and other activists were arrested after drafting a petition demanding political reforms.

Reshoudi’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the authorities, demanding they formally charge him or release him and other activists.

The GDI transferred Reshoudi to another “competent tribunal” in Jeddah, prompting the Grievances Court to “dismiss the lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction” in its eighth court session on Saturday in Riyadh.

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