Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Jailed 15 Years For 'Free-Speech' Under New "Anti-Terror" Laws

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Back in April, I published a post titled, Saudi Arabia Passes New Law that Declares Atheists “Terrorists.” In it, I highlighted an article from the UK Telegraph which noted:

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.


The organization said the new “terrorism” provisions contain language that prosecutors and judges are already using to prosecute and convict independent activists and peaceful dissidents.

Concerns that this law would be used to silence dissent and crackdown on basic human rights were apparently well justified, as the Wall Street Journal reported today that a Saudi court has sentenced human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu Alkhair to 15 years in prison for “inciting public opinion,” i.e., effectively utilizing free speech. The WSJ reports that:

A Saudi court on Sunday sentenced prominent human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu Alkhair to 15 years in prison followed by an equally long travel ban on charges such as “insulting the general order of the state and its officials” and “inciting public opinion.”


Until he was arrested in April while on trial in Riyadh, Mr. Abu Alkhair, founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA), has been a vocal critic of the government and called for major reforms in the kingdom including a constitutional monarchy.


The organization that he founded released a statement on Sunday night saying the latest sentence against him is “the price that Waleed Abu Alkhair has been expecting as a result of his peaceful demands and defense of human rights.”


The activist was convicted on charges of a new controversial antiterrorism law that was passed in February amid criticism by international human rights groups that the new law would be used to silence peaceful dissent.


“Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies,” Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement in March, “but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism.”

I tend to not focus my criticism on other nations due to the severe injustices being committed by my own country, but since Saudi Arabia is such a close U.S. ally, and also what is essentially a despotic Medieval Kingdom with highly suspicious links to the 9/11 attacks, I make a frequent exception in this case. No other nation exemplifies the immortality and hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy as does our relationship with Saudi Arabia. For more on this topic, I suggest reading my post from last month: America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country in the region confronting a population entirely fed up with egregious corruption and an autocratic political structure. Kuwait is another geopolitical tinderbox about to explode. Al Jazeera reports that:

Kuwaiti police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital demanding the release of Musallam al-Barrak, an opposition leader, and a purge of corrupt judges.

More than 2,000 people marched on Sunday from Kuwait City’s Grand Mosque after evening Ramadan prayers and into the old market, where police broke up the demonstration.


A picture was circulated on social media of activist Abdulhadi al-Hajeri in the back of an ambulance in a blood-soaked garment.


Hadeel Bugrais, a human rights activist , told the AP news agency that Hajeri was wounded when a tear gas canister hit him in the head.


The protesters are demanding the release of Barrak, who was detained in an investigation into allegations he insulted the judiciary.


Barrak revealed documents he alleges prove huge sums of illicit financial transfers were made to senior officials, including judges.


Barrak, who draws support from some of Kuwait’s powerful tribes, was sentenced to jail for insulting the emir in 2013.

We are currently living in one of the most interesting times in human history as we witness the transformation of society away from centralized, bureaucratic structures, into decentralized, networked organization. It’s imperative that each and every one of us does everything he or she can to make this revolutionary transition as painless as possible.

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tony wilson's picture


insulting the general order inciting public opinion and he gets 15 years.


good job waleed  did not fart in the jewish saudi kings general direction that would be worth a 100 years or maybe a beheading.



CH1's picture

The House of Saud is a force for evil.

(The Nazis here may just work for them.)

TeamDepends's picture

Remember kids, the Top Gun pilots on 9/11 were "all from Saudi Arabia".

RafterManFMJ's picture

...and remember kids, there were many Saudis spirited out of the country by your dear, non-false flag employing .gov so they could not be questioned or arrested.

Say, kids, did not the same thing happen after the Boston Bombing?

TeamDepends's picture

Such a tragic day (stares at the ground)....  That poor Jeff Bauman, having his legs blowed off (again).  The heroes present, such as "the cowboy", well, they performed the only sensible first-aid procedure and put him in a wheelchair.  Because, when you have your legs blowed off, basic physics dictates that you should have your gaping wounds below what little blood is left in your body.  Come on people, please.

Lore's picture

Yep, it's pretty clear that Boston was bullshit. The flags for me were the Craft boyz and the matching backpack and the vertical 'poof' from the dumpsters and the handicapped people pre-positioned, and then a cornucopia of bloopers surfaced. Of course, ten thousand troops putting an entire city of roughly half a million in lockdown within two hours was a pretty big tell. The streets were deserted. It was all preplanned -- a test to see if they could do it, and to see how the public would react. You couldn't assemble so much manpower in anything less than two days under legitimate spontaneous circumstances, and even that would be a heckuva logistical and communications achievement. Planning for what we actually saw took weeks, training everybody, deciding where they would be stationed and deployed, accommodations, meals, transportation, who would patrol what neighborhood, media spin, et cetera. More likely, it was like planning for the Olympics and was on the drawing board for at least 2-3 years. What's remarkable in retrospect is the lack of whistleblowers. The level of fear and/or mind control must be incredible. Rgds

TeamDepends's picture

They pay those crisis actors like, $20.50/hr or so, so you know, they's lips is sealed.

de3de8's picture

Worked there for several years and did not dare to put a foot wrong. US embassy provided fliers stating nothing they could do if ran afoul of authorities. Always at risk and if unfortunate enough to wind up in their jails better have someone to provide food as they did not. As I was told before going there, Saudi is the ass hole of the world.

tony wilson's picture

the house of saud is a jewish mi6 operation just sayin

sessinpo's picture

The jews control you Tony. All the spying, the black ops, the secrecy and evil is all about you. They are after you

Just sayin

Dublinmick's picture

We need to look into what area of the Talmud he digressed/

COSMOS's picture

I hear they are using our Patriot Act

Dublinmick's picture

Saudirealis ................. uh raaaaaaaaaaaah

Dublinmick's picture

The fucker was probably and undercover Shite

boattrash's picture

I'm glad we live under Rule of Law, and that OUR Govt. doesn't have that kind of power...Wait...OH SHIT!

Dr Benway's picture

Ex-fucking-actly. Only in the West they are smarter about it, censoring surreptitiously instead of being upfront about their totalitarianism. Silencing instead of jailing.

For anyone who doubts what I say, try exercising your freedom of speech against rich powerful criminals sometime and see what happens.

If you live in Australia, for example, your blog can be magically disappeared without you ever knowing who did it.

UselessEater's picture

Dr Benway OT - wondering if its possible to get you to comment on the censoring on an alternative Aussie site a few of us contribute to called 

Dr Benway's picture

UselessEater, I would love to, though I hadn't even heard of this censorship before, just as they intended I'm sure.. Please do explain what happened?

What can I say generally? On the topic of censorship, I'm with John Stuart Mills. No matter how outrageous an opinion is in the eyes of the majority, let it be discussed.

UselessEater's picture

can I chat through your blog? I read it but do not log in.

Dr Benway's picture

I don't think it has that functionality, altho I'm not sure.. Can you send me a message through ZH?

UselessEater's picture

Damn this chat stuff is beyond my ken.

2drillengineering at the google mail thingy ;)

AlaricBalth's picture

18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government (formerly the Smith Act)

"Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof--"


From the Declaration of Independence

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--"

In essence, if not in fact, § 2385 nullifies the very actions our founding fathers felt compelled to take in the face of tyranny. "Insulting the general order of the state and its officials” and “inciting public opinion" were two objectives achieved as a result of the Declaration.

boattrash's picture

Alaric, or depending on the interpretation, maybe there's about 537 SOBs in DC that should be on trial for violating 18 U.S. Code § 2385 (more if you include SCOTUS).

AlaricBalth's picture

U.S. Constitution
Article I, Section 6

They (Congress) shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

Arrest them for breach of the peace.
"breach of the peace n. any act which disturbs the public or even one person. It can include almost any criminal act causing fear or attempting intimidation."

boattrash's picture

I'm no lawyer, but that " except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace" would not be a very difficult case to present against many/most of them. PS thanks for those posts. You are likely familiar with these too.

DanDaley's picture

The more corrupt, the more laws. Just that simple.

pakled's picture

Good post AB. That was then and this is now.


What a difference 164 years makes. (The Smith Act containing 2385 was passed in 1940)

falconflight's picture

Lookie Looky, da Joos won't jail peaceful protesters in the stolen lands, but rule with an iron fist in the Family Saud's litter box.  My my

COSMOS's picture

One flew over the Falcon's nest...

sessinpo's picture

falconflight Lookie Looky, da Joos won't jail peaceful protesters in the stolen lands, but rule with an iron fist in the Family Saud's litter box. My my


This stolen land thing is getting so old. Get a life flightless. Every land is stolen. If you own land, it was stolen if you go back far enough in history.  Stolen lands are part of the rewards for the victor of war. Get over it. If the Israelis are destroyed and someone else takes over, then it is stolen land AGAIN. Get the point? Foolish anti semite.

NoDebt's picture

"told the AP news agency that Hajeri was wounded when a tear gas canister hit him in the head."

Video or it didn't happen.

user2011's picture

Cmmunism and Islam are two worse thing human has ever invented.

NoDebt's picture

Go to any college campus in the US and you'll get a different top two.  Democracy and Capitalism.  

Islam and Communism are SOOOO "in" right now.  Just look at the guy in the White House.  He's got 'em both covered.

medium giraffe's picture

You have to have democracy before you can fuck it.  No one in the west seems to have realised that their political systems are not democracies.  Silly sheeps.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Weird, our basic law, that everyone learns of in grade school here, is pretty formal.  We do not have a democracy and shouldn't want one, because they lead to tyranny every fucking time. 

Omegaman2211's picture

Like I said, fuck democracy. And fuck you down voters, go fucking drown yourselves.

intric8's picture

It is a farcical, fallacious, failed paradigm at this point. Are 'the people' really in charge in america? No. At some point in a countries democratic life cycle, totalitarianism will rear its ugly head because humans are fallible and those awarded powers invariably succumb to greed and oppression. To think a true democracy can work; that is, to expect those in power to act mercifully and in the best interests of those they govern is too simplistic and sentimental a view of human nature, and it doesnt reflect long term reality.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The design in the constitution thwarts the terrible tyrannical excesses of democracy.  If only we would go back to using it, we would have less tyranny here.  We don't have a democracy and must avoid such at all cost.  All cost.  

Omegaman2211's picture

Please go fuck yourself.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Well the skort is pretty lame as well; you think "Hot Damn! Mini-skirt! But no, she's wearing a skort.

tolivian's picture

Well those things and bad spelling/grammar are the worst things humans ever invented. 

Omegaman2211's picture

Incorrect. The two worst things that humans ever created were the ideas of an all knowing god and the concept of government. Both these things only exist in people's minds but have brought more death and destruction to the species than any disease or natural disaster.

Lore's picture

Nothing wrong with God or government a priori. It's psychopaths hijacking the institutions that are the problem.

medium giraffe's picture

In that day those the LORD has slaughtered will fill the earth from one end to the other.  No one will mourn for them or gather up their bodies to bury them.  They will be scattered like dung on the ground. - Jeremiah 25:33


Nothing wrong with God, nothing to see here, move along.

medium giraffe's picture

Lol @ downvotes.  It's your bloody book wot said it!

Ok, ok, maybe I took that one out of context.  Let's balance things up...

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel. - Deuteronomy 17:12

Hmm... not so good. Oh, oh, I know...

A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. - Leviticus 21:9

Mmm... maybe not, how about some New Testament stuff?

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. - Ephesians 6:5

Wait, what?

Emergency Ward's picture

Sounds like the Bible is bucking for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Omegaman2211's picture

The religious fucktard shave hijacked this site. Just about time to abandon this ship.


Get over it.

Omegaman2211's picture

Everything wrong with it you fairy tale believing violence loving subhuman fucktard. Go drown in a septic tank.