Ali al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested in Saudi Arabia. He was 19 when he was sentenced to death for ‘crimes’ linked to protesting.
He was accused of participation in an illegal demonstration and other offences such as “explaining how to give first aid to protesters” and using his Blackberry to invite others to join him at the protest.
Ali was tortured and forced to sign a false confession. This was the only evidence brought against him.
About Ali al-Nimr
Ali was arrested without a warrant. He was held in pre-trial detention for two years, and at no point was he allowed to contact his lawyer. Ali was tortured and forced to sign a false confession.
Throughout his trial, Ali was denied access to the evidence against him. He was not even informed of the charges until halfway through the proceedings. His forced confession was the only ‘evidence’ brought against him.
He was sentenced to death.
Ali’s final appeal was held in secret, without his knowledge. This was the last remaining legal obstacle to his execution, and now Ali can be executed at any time. The authorities may not even give prior notification of his family. His execution would be illegal under international law.