Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 5:22 pm
Moroccan human rights activists are demanding that Hassan Muhammad al-Rabi not be handed over to the Saudi authorities after his arrest at the Marrakech airport, as there are fears that extradition will endanger his physical and personal safety, given that he is being prosecuted on charges related to his views.
The activist lived in Morocco for six months in connection with the preparation of his application for asylum in Europe and was about to travel to Turkey to investigate the case before he was arrested at the Marrakech airport and placed in a civil prison in Tiflet. on the basis of his status in the international list of “Interpol” according to his country of origin.
And the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights has previously said that Al-Rabi’s extradition would be a “violation of just laws” and a “collusion” because it would subject him to “torture and long prison terms, and this does not exclude that he will be sentenced to death penalty.”
And the organization continued: “His departure from Saudi Arabia came after an escalation of violations, especially against his family,” as “Saudi security forces launched several raids to arrest his brother Munir and arbitrarily arrested his older brother, Ali Al-Rabi (…) and recently, the Specialized Criminal Court sentenced his brother Ali Al Rabieh to death on charges including exercising legal rights.
In this context, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights sent a letter to the Head of Government, the Minister of Justice, the Ministerial Delegate for Human Rights, the Chief Prosecutor and the President of the National Council for Human Rights, stating that it was following his case with “great concern” and continued: “Activist Hassan Muhammad al-Rabih is originally from the Saudi city of Qatif. He settled in Morocco for six months, trying to arrange his asylum cases in Europe. When he reached a dead end, he decided to go to Turkey to sort out the issue. The family is afraid that he will be handed over to the Saudi Arabian authorities who are persecuting prisoners of conscience and activists abroad.
The reporter added that the deportation “contradicts Morocco’s international obligations, which came into force upon its ratification of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (…) and Mr. He would face torture and the death penalty. in his country, which would make the Moroccan authorities, by virtue of their international obligations, responsible for the right to life, physical integrity and personal safety of the person concerned.”
Notably, the correspondence also reached the Chairman of the Committee against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland, requesting “to prevent the extradition of a Saudi citizen to the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and “to intervene urgently with the authorities of Morocco,” in order to preserve “the right to life, the right to bodily integrity.” and personal safety.