Abdullah, the son of the Saudi preacher, Salman Al-Awda, revealed, Sunday, March 14, 2021 that his father attended his very fast trial session while the sheikh was chained, as he described it.
Abdullah Al-Odah, through his verified Twitter account, said that his father “attended the secret session in Riyadh and was brought in chained like every time, then they set a next session next July.
While he called at the end of his tweet, saying: “I ask God to release the father.”
Comment from the authorities
It was not possible to obtain immediate comment from the Saudi authorities about what al-Awda’s son said, but they usually confirm their respect for human rights and prisoners.
It is noteworthy that in September 2017, the Saudi authorities arrested advocates and activists in the country, most notably Salman Al-Awda, Awad Al-Qarni, and Ali Al-Omari, on charges of “terrorism and conspiracy against the state”, amid demands from international and Islamic personalities and organizations for their release.
On February 14, 2019, al-Awda’s son wrote an article in which he stated that “his father’s indirect tweet about the Gulf crisis and his desire to achieve reconciliation angered the Saudi government, and considered it a criminal violation.”
Neutral position on the crisis
“The interrogators told the father that he adopted a neutral stance on the Saudi-Qatari crisis, and not standing with the Saudi government was a crime,” he affirmed. The Saudi authorities did not comment on what was mentioned in this article at the time.
Also, on January 5, 2021, the “Al-Ula” statement was issued by the 41st Gulf Summit in Al-Ula, northwest of Saudi Arabia, announcing the end of a severe crisis that erupted on June 5, 2017, between Qatar and each of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
It is noteworthy that the arrest of al-Awda came within the repercussions of a sudden reversal in the policy of King Salman and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after he began rapprochement with religious scholars in Saudi Arabia and improved relations with Qatar.
This coup in Saudi politics led to the imposition of a sudden blockade on Qatar, and Saudi Arabia joined the Emirati-Egyptian war against the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic trend, which is described as moderate.
It is noteworthy that before al-Awda was arrested, King Salman had previously called him to express his condolences over the death of his wife and son in a car accident.