Senior Hamas official Mohamed al-Khudari stood trial TuesdayHamas renews appeal to Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian detainees
The Hamas Movement has renewed its appeal to the Saudi authorities to release Mohamed al-Khudari, his son and other Palestinian detainees in their jails.
In a press release on Tuesday, senior Hamas official Ra’fat Murra described the continued detention of Khudari and other Palestinians in Saudi jails as “gross injustice” and “an affront to the Palestinian people, their just cause and the Palestinian-Saudi relations.”
Murra asked the Saudi leadership “to take a bold and responsible decision to turn over a new leaf, end this trial immediately and allow the detainees to return to their families, especially since the detainees committed no offense.
“Dr. Khudari, his fellow detainees and their families have gone through a lot of injustice and suffering for over two years, so action should be taken to put an end to such injustice and the suffering being experienced by the families,” the Hamas official said.
Meanwhile, 83-year-old Palestinian national Mohamed al-Khudari was brought once again before the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia’s counter-terror court) on Tuesday.
Khudari, who suffers from serious health problems, stood trial alone on trumped-up charges under the counter-terror law.
A sentencing hearing is slated to be held on June 21 for dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians, including Khudari and his son Hani.
In 2019, the Saudi security authorities carried out an unjustified crackdown on Palestinian citizens, rounding up dozens of them, including doctors, engineers and traders, across the country. Most of those detainees have been living in the Kingdom for decades or many years.
Among the detainees is Hamas official Mohamed al-Khudari, 83, and his son Hani, 49. They were arrested on April 4, 2019. Khudari, the father, worked for decades as a representative of Hamas in Saudi Arabia without any problems with officials in the country. He stepped down from this position years ago due to his illness and his old age.
The Saudi authorities have accused the majority of the detainees of being involved in activities and charitable work in support of their people and national cause.