Trial of three Saudi reformers postponed
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/24/2004
Trials of three Saudi reformers was postponed because of their supports interruption of the trial sessions with slogans demanding reforms.
Witnesses said that supporters of the reformers Abdullah al-Hamad, Matrouk al-Falah and Ali al-Dumeini rushed to the hall of the court after it was open to the public chanting " reforms.. reforms." The judge permitted the supporters of the accused persons to criticize the political institution in the Kingdom after the three activists and their lawyers refused to take part in the works of the session unless it is open to the public.
Lawyer and human rights activists Abdul Rahman al-Lahem who attended the session said that more than 400 persons and activists sat in the court building before they were permitted to enter.
The three men were detained in March together with scores of demonstrators and supporters of democracy, with the majority of them released later.
Other accusations addressed to the three men are " being behind destabilizing and collecting signatures for political demands (for reform)." It is not clear what sort of set sanctions will be for these offenses. The judge did not set a new date to resume the trial.
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