Saudi Arabia is executing child defendants. And Abdullah al Howaiti could be next. He was only 14 years old when he was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2017. He was tortured until he ‘confessed’ to crimes he could not have committed.
He has several alibis - he was at the seafront playing football with his friends at the time of the alleged ‘crime’. The courts know this. And yet Abdullah is facing execution.
The Saudi Arabian authorities say that they ended the death penalty against child defendants in April 2020. But this is clearly a lie.
Another child defendant in Saudi Arabia, Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish, was recently executed without warning. Thousands of us in the Reprieve community asked UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to take up Mustafa’s case with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they recently met. Raab refused to confirm whether or not he raised Mustafa’s case. A week later, Mustafa was killed.
We cannot let the same happen to Abdullah.
That’s why right now, we’re building a huge swell of public attention demanding that Dominic Raab steps in to protect Abdullah al Howaiti.
Please add your name to speak up for Abdullah.