Following a short hearing, the Saudi Court of Appeal decided to postpone the hearing of the so-called “Case of supporting the resistance and the Palestinian people” in which the first group of Jordanian and Palestinian detainees are being tried until next month.
Khader Al-Mashaikh, head of the Jordanian Committee for the Defense of Jordanian Detainees in Saudi Arabia, made a statement yesterday, Sunday, in which he said that the Saudi Court of Appeal will consider the sentences issued against more than 60 Jordanians and Palestinians on Monday, adding that the trial sessions will be extended for three weeks to include all detainees whose number exceeds 60 detainees.
The families of the detainees hope that the court will resort to justice and fairness in reviewing the cases of those detainees “especially that their security, social and employment files are sound, and they have not committed any legal or criminal violation,” they added.
Three months ago, the competent criminal court in Riyadh issued sentences ranging between acquittal and imprisonment for 22 years, against dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians, on charges of supporting the resistance and the Palestinian people.
It is worth noting that the Saudi authorities had carried out a campaign of arrests in February of last year that included more than 60 Jordanians and Palestinians working on its lands for decades, before turning them to trial on charges of supporting the Palestinian resistance, in a mass trial that was marred by serious violations of legal procedures.
Last August, the Saudi Criminal Court sentenced Al-Khudari to 15 years in prison. The academic Dr. Mohamed Al-Khudari, 83, was arbitrarily arrested by the Saudi authorities along with his son, Dr. Hani Al-Khudari on April 4, 2019.
Al-Khudari is being deprived of health care in his detention in Riyadh despite having prostate cancer, while the prison authorities have not allowed him to consult a specialized doctor for over a year, which led to the deterioration of his health condition, as he suffers from a loss of movement ability of his right arm due to the harsh sleeping conditions in his cell, he also lost half of his hearing.
Al-Khudari also suffers from problems in his teeth, which leads to severe pain, loss of some of them, difficulty eating, urinary incontinence, herniated disc, knee pain, osteoporosis, and general weakness.