Egypt Watch

Families of Egyptian detainees in Saudi Arabia ask Sheikh Al-Azhar to mediate with authorities

On Friday, the families of Egyptian detainees in Saudi Arabia asked the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, to mediate with the Saudi authorities to pardon their relatives.

The Egyptian Association of Nubian Lawyers issued a statement saying: “As part of the association’s plan to communicate with bodies and institutions to provide support and solidarity with the families of the ten Nubians who have been sentenced to prison in Saudi Arabia, we visited Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb and asked him to mediate in the case.”

Last February, a Saudi appeals court upheld prison sentences against 10 Egyptian Nubians for establishing an unlicensed association. According to Mounir Bashir, head of the Egyptian Association of Nubian Lawyers, the detainees are not politically active or belong to any political parties. We will appeal the verdict to the Saudi Supreme Court, he added. His association has appealed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and Minister of Immigration, Nabila Makram, to demand that the Saudi authorities obtain a royal pardon for the detainees.

The detainees are accused of establishing an unlicensed association, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on terror lists in Saudi Arabia, spreading rumours, and gathering without a permit.