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Saudi Arabia is likely to execute three renowned scholars after the holy fasting month of Ramadan on charges of expressing political and social views that differed from those of the kingdom’s rulers.
Sheikh Salman al-Ouda, Sheikh Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari are currently in detention and look forward to a court hearing in the coming days, where they would get their sentences, unnamed sources told the Middle East Eye.
Ouda is the assistant secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a organization blacklisted by the Riyadh regime as an alleged “terrorist organization.
He was detained on September 7, 2017, and is currently being kept in in solitary confinement without trial. His family members have been banned from the kingdom.
Ouda, however, was arrested after posting a tweet a tweet that called for peace between Arab countries and Qatar amid a Riyadh-led blockade against Doha.
“May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people,” the tweet read.
Awda, meanwhile, has been kept from reaching to the outside world since October 2018.
The arrests of the scholars and their expected execution is part of a brutal crackdown against Muslim preachers and intellectuals, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who wants to cement his grip on power.
The news comes weeks after Saudi Arabia came under fire for mass executing 37 dissidents.