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Saudi Arabia: Flogging: Mohammed 'Ali al-Sayyid, Egyptian national

, N° d'index: MDE 23/004/1995

Mohammad 'Ali al-Sayyid, an Egyptian worker in Saudi Arabia in his 30s, is reported to have been sentenced to 4000 lashes. He has reportedly received 3400 so far, at the rate of 50 lashes every two weeks. Each flogging session is reported to leave him with bruised or bleeding buttocks and unable to sleep or sit for three or four days. Mohammed was convicted on charges of theft, with a Saudi Arabian national. Both received seven years imprisonment, with an additional 4000 lashes for Mohamed. They were not allowed legal representation at trial.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 23/04/95
UA 190/95 Flogging 1 August 1995
SAUDI ARABIAMohammed 'Ali al-Sayyid, Egyptian national
Mohammed 'Ali al-Sayyid, an Egyptian worker in Saudi Arabia in his 30s, is
reported to have been sentenced to 4,000 lashes. According to former prisoners
held with him at al-Buraida Prison in al-Qaseem Province, Mohammed has so far
been flogged 3,400 times at the rate of 50 lashes every two weeks. The remaining
600 lashes are expected to be carried out over the next six months.
The former prisoners state that, every fortnight, Mohammed 'Ali al-Sayyid is
taken from the prison, with his legs shackled, to the marketplace where he
is flogged in full view of shoppers and passers-by. Each time he receives
50 lashes carried out by a policeman using a bamboo cane of about a metre in
length and about half a centimetre in diameter. Each flogging session is said
to leave Mohammed with bruised or bleeding buttocks and unable to sleep or
sit for three or four days afterwards.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Mohammed was convicted on charges of theft together with a Saudi Arabian
national. They have both been sentenced to seven years' imprisonment each,
in addition to 4,000 lashes for Mohammed. They were not allowed any legal
representation. Mohammed is said to have been denied any visits since his
arrest, possibly in 1991.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/airmail letters in English
or your own language:
- appealing for the remaining sentence of 600 lashes to be commuted;
- expressing concern about the penalty of lashes as a judicial punishment which
Amnesty International considers to be a form of cruel, inhuman or degrading
punishment, contrary to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
APPEALS TO:
The Custodian of the Two Holy Shrines
His Majesty
King Fahd bin 'Abdul-'Aziz
Office of H.M. The King
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telegrams: King Fahd, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Salutation: Your Majesty
His Royal Highness
Prince Naif bin 'Abdul-'Aziz
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
PO Box 2833
Airport Road, Riyadh 11134
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telegrams: Minister of the Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Telexes: 404416
Salutation: Your Royal Highness
His Royal Highness
Prince Saud al-Faisal bin 'Abdul 'Aziz
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nasseriya Street, Riyadh 11124
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telegrams: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Telexes: 405000
Salutation: Your Royal Highness
His Excellency
Dr. 'Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telegrams: Minister of Justice, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Telexes: 405 9443
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Saudi Arabia accredited to your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 16 September 1995.

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