Saudi reformers accuse judiciary of unfairness
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/8/2004
Three Saudi reformers, who are currently brought before the judiciary, extended a message to the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in which they complained against the conditions of their trial.
Each of Abdullah al-Hamid, Ali al-Dumeini and Matrouk al-Faleh indicated to several evidences by which they were tried about which they said shows "unfairness of the judiciary and its bias to the other stronger party, which is the state against the isolated side, who are the individuals." The three reformers who are in jail complained in their message that their trial is not fair and asked for the trial to be public.
They explained in a message that one of the judges ordered to use of violence to push them into the court, noting that the "judiciary commission was unfair in using the law when it closed the trial to the public." The message was addressed on October 15. Member of the defendant commission Issam Basrwai said that "not publishing the message until now was for allowing time for the crown prince Abdullah to receive it and know its content."
The three men are accused of issuing statements and petitions and working for getting the signatures of large number of citizens. It also accused the three men of demanding constitutional change and of using western idioms in their demands to change the political system.
The three men are within some 12 activists arrested on march 16, and half of them were released after two days after they vowed to stop calling in public for reform. Other three were released by the end of the same month.
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