Saudi Arabia sentences dozens of Palestinians, Jordanians

A court in Saudi Arabia has delivered verdicts against 69 Palestinians and Jordanians, handing jail terms of up to 22 years to some while also acquitting an unspecified number on Sunday.

The group was detained in March 2018 during a wave of arrests by Saudi authorities on a group of long-term Palestinian and Jordanian residents in the kingdom on alleged links with an unnamed “terrorist” group, according to a 2020 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Saudi authorities have yet to comment on Sunday’s verdicts.

“Saudi Arabia’s long record of unfair trails [sic] raises the specter that Jordanians and Palestinians will be railroaded on serious charges and face severe penalties even though some have alleged serious abuses,” Michael Page, HRW’s deputy Middle East director, said in a statement last year.

Detainees can appeal against the sentences after 40 days.

Several Palestinians have been detained since February 2019 and are facing trial before a Saudi terrorism court.

Hamas representatives

The Saudi court sentenced Hamas representative in Saudi Arabia Mohammed al-Khudairi to 15 years in prison. His son, Hani, was sentenced to three years, Anadolu Agency reported.

Al-Khudairi’s brother, Abd al-Majeed, told Anadolu Agency that the sentence includes “clemency for half the term”.

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