Sudanese national Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy has been held without charge or trial since his arrest in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in June 2004.
Sudanese national Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy has been held without charge or trial since his arrest in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in June 2004. His family heard nothing until February 2005, when a Saudi Arabian national who had visited a prison in Medina told them that Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy was detained there. It is believed that he came under suspicion because of his frequent journeys as a trader. He had made a living as a “suitcase trader,” travelling between countries buying and selling household goods and clothes.
He is reported to have attempted to commit suicide a number of times and on one occasion he was reported to have gone on hunger strike for 21 days. He is believed to be suffering from stomach problems.
He is one of thousands of people detained in Saudi Arabia as part of the “war on terror”. Suspects are often held for years without charge or trial and without access to lawyers or the courts to challenge the legality of their detention. The proceedings of those who are brought to trial are often held in secret.
Please call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to release Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy without delay unless he is given a fair trial or the opportunity to challenge the legality of his detention.
Please sign this petition we will send your signatures to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
I call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to:
- Release Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy without delay,
- Or charge him with a recognizably criminal offence and give him a prompt and fair trial.
- Ensure that he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and given prompt and regular access to consular assistance, his family, a lawyer of his choosing and any medical attention he may require.