On 17 April 2012, Saudi authorities have arrested the lawyer and human rights defender, Ahmed El-Sayed.
Saudi Arabia: Egyptian lawyer Ahmed El Sayed
Summary of the facts
On 17 April, 2012, Saudi authorities have arrested the lawyer and human rights defender, Ahmed El-Sayed, commonly known as M. Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Wahab Sarwat El-Sayed.
He is a lawyer. He advocates for the plight of Egyptian nationals detained in Saudi Arabia. He recently filed a formal complaint against the King of Saudi Arabia, in which he accused of arbitrarily detaining many Egyptians without charge or trial and called for their release.
On arrival at Jeddah airport, while travelling with his wife from Egypt to Saudi Arabia to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah) he was arrested by Saudi authorities.
Thus, the lawyer had obtained visa without problems. Ahmed El Sayed has been taken to an unknown destination. According to civil society organisations, the reason for his arrest is that he insulted the Saudi king. According to Saudi authorities, he has been arrested for a drug affair. However, no arrest warrant was shown to him.
Before being arrested by Saudi police on 17 April 2012, M. El-Sayed expressed his deep concern about the false charges that could be made against him, particularly because of his work speaking for the rights of the Egyptians arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia.
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