Saudi Arabia Sentences Tribesmen to Death for Resisting Eviction

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Saudi court sentenced three members of the Howeitat, a tribe forcibly ejected to make way for the $500-billion Neom project, to death for resisting displacement.

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Saudi court sentenced three members of the Howeitat, a tribe forcibly ejected to make way for the $500-billion Neom project, to death for resisting displacement.

Shadli, Atallah, and Ibrahim Al-Howeiti were arrested in 2020 for opposing the eviction of their tribe for the project and were handed down death sentences on October 2 by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), according to UK-based rights group Alqst, presstv reported.

“On October 2, the SCC sentenced Shadli (brother of Abdul Rahim Al-Howeiti), Ataullah & Ibrahim Saleh Al-Howeiti to death. The family members were detained in 2020 for opposing eviction to make way for Neom.  We condemn the sentences and call for their release,” Alqst said in a tweet.

In April 2020, Shadli’s brother, Abdul Rahim Al-Howeiti, a 43-year-old Tabuk resident was shot dead by Saudi special forces after protesting the government’s eviction orders.

In August,  Abdulilah Al-Howeiti and Abdullah Dukhail Al-Howeiti, two other members of the family, were given 50-year prison terms and 50-year travel bans for supporting their family’s refusal to be evicted from their homes in the Tabuk province.

Salma Al-Shehab, a Leeds University student and mother of two, and Nourah bint Saeed Al-Qahtani, a mother of five, were given lengthy sentences of 34 years and 45 years respectively over tweets critical of the Saudi government.

According to the rights organization, also Osama Khaled, a writer, translator, and computer programmer, was sentenced to 32 years over “allegations relating to the right of free speech”.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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