Stop Saudi Arabia from implementing death penalty against Murtaja Qureiris.

Stop Saudi Arabia from implementing death penalty against Murtaja Qureiris.

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https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/saudi-arabia-boy-arrested-aged-13-risk-execution

Murtaja Qureiris faces possible execution for offences which date back to when he was just ten years old

CNN footage shows him taking part in bike protest with other young boys in Shi’a Eastern Province in 2011

Amnesty International is calling for the Saudi Arabian authorities to rule out the use of the death penalty against a teenager arrested at the age of 13 for participating in anti-government protests. 

CNN this week revealed he was facing the death penalty and published video footageshowing Murtaja Qureiris participating in bike protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province as a young boy in 2011. 

Amnesty has confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution sought the death penalty for Murtaja Qureiris last August for a series of offences, some of which date back to when the teenager was just ten years old. 

Qureiris, now aged 18, was arrested in September 2014 and detained in a juvenile detention centre in al-Dammam city. He was held in solitary confinement for a month, and subjected to beatings and intimidation during his interrogation. His interrogators promised to release him if he confessed to charges against him. In May 2017, he was moved to al-Mabaheth prison in al-Dammam, an adult facility, even though he was still only 16.

Throughout his detention, Qureiris was denied access to a lawyer until after his first court session in August 2018. This was held at the country’s notorious Specialised Criminal Court, an anti-terrorism court set up in 2008 and increasingly used for cases involving human rights activists and protesters.  

The charges against Murtaja Qureiris include participating in anti-government protests, attending the funeral of his brother Ali Qureiris who was killed in a protest in 2011, joining a “terrorist organisation,” throwing Molotov cocktails at a police station, and firing at security forces. He is currently awaiting his next trial session. 

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