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Detained Saudi Cleric Hospitalised In Jeddah

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Prominent Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman Al Awda has been hospitalised after five months in detention, said human rights group Amnesty International.

Awda was one among twenty people who were arrested in a crackdown in September last year, he was reportedly allowed just one call in October.

Amnesty informed that he was admitted to a hospital in Jeddah, however, his family were denied any contact with him.

“The hospitalisation of Sheikh Salman al-Awda, aside from being deeply worrying and traumatic for his family, highlights his shameful treatment by the Saudi authorities,” Amnesty’s Middle East campaigns director, Samah Hadid, said.

“The authorities must ensure that he receives all necessary medical treatment, that he is allowed to communicate with his family and a lawyer, and — above all — that he is released from detention,” she said.

Awda was arrested following his tweet that welcomed a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The family members claim that Awda and other prominent figures were asked to back the Kingdom in the dispute against Qatar publicly, but he refused to do so.

Meanwhile, Saudi activists have said Awda’s brother Khaled has also been detained for disclosing the cleric’s arrest.

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