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Saudi Arabia: Detention of human rights defender Mr Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi
On 20 September 2012, the detention of human rights defender Mr Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi was extended by two weeks following his arrest by Mecca Police on 15 September 2012. He is being held in Al Muwahad Prison in Mecca.
Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi is a prominent human rights defender whose work particularly focuses on the situation of the people who were rendered landless by an agreement reached by the Saudi and Yemeni governments.
On 15 September 2012, Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi was arrested by Mecca police and detained in Al Muwahad Prison in Mecca. During his interrogation, he was repeatedly accused of inciting a protest.
On 20 September, his detention was extended by two weeks and he continues to be held in Al Muwahad Prison. He has yet to be informed of any charges which may have been brought against him. He is due to be presented before a judge for the first time on 24 September, and is expected to be formally charged at this time.
On 12 September 2012, Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi was notified that he was required to present himself for interrogation to the criminal investigation department in Gizan by 15 September 2012. After receiving this notification, he posted a video on YouTube explaining that he had been summoned in connection with his legitimate human rights activities and displaying all of the documents and photos he had sent in the context of these activities.
On 10 September 2012, he sent 280 pages of evidence, accompanied by a statement and photos to Prince Ahmed Abdulaziz, reportedly proving the involvement of the ruler of Gizan Province, Mr Abdullah Al Suwaid, in acts of corruption. These reported acts pertain to the prevention of compensation payments from reaching the landless people of Gizan for the property which had been confiscated from them.