The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, expressed her dismay over the torture of the forcibly disappeared Saudi aid worker, Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan, stressing that Congress will monitor the appeal hearing in his case.
“Deeply concerned about allegations of torture during the detention of aid worker Abd al-Rahman al-Sadhan,” Pelosi said on her official Twitter page.
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives added in the same tweet: “His detention embodies the continuation of Saudi Arabia’s abuse of the right of expression,” she said.
“Congress will monitor Abdul Rahman’s appeal hearing, as well as human rights violations by the regime,” Pelosi said.
Sister of Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan
For her part, Al-Sadhan’s sister, Areej, commented on Pelosi’s tweet, saying: “Thank you very much, Madam, for your continued support and concern for my family and human rights.”
Al-Sadhan added in her response, “We are very concerned about my brother’s safety and health, which is deteriorating under torture during his detention in Saudi Arabia, at a time when we are deprived of any contact with him,” she said.
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And Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, published a statement about the sentence issued against Al-Sadhan and his 20-year prison sentence and the imposition of a travel ban on him, describing the sentence as “brutal” last April.
The torture of Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan
The Saudi authorities detained the aid worker in March 2018, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by a 20-year travel ban, according to a statement issued by the US State Department on April 6.
In 2015, a data breach in Twitter led to the disclosure and arrest of anonymous government critics on the platform, according to families and two cases against the company, among them Al-Sadhan, who worked for the Red Crescent, and expressed his views on human rights and other social issues through his anonymous account. on Twitter, according to his family.
The US Department of Justice accused former Twitter employees of spying for the Saudi government, with access to the data of more than six thousand accounts, in search of users “critical of the regime.”
According to the ministry, “the users’ personal information included their e-mail, phone numbers, Internet protocol address, and dates of birth,” warning that this data could be used to locate users.
His sister Areej, who lives in San Francisco, stated that Saudi security arrested him in his office in Riyadh in March 2018.
Two years after his disappearance, he was allowed to make a phone call to his family, who said he was being held in al-Ha’ir prison near Riyadh.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said last April that the department would continue to “closely monitor this issue throughout the appeals process,” adding that “freedom of expression should never be a crime punishable by law.”
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