The Saudi poet Ali Al-Domaini was one of three leading reformist intellectuals who were arrested in March last year for their political activities, along with eight other democracy activists who were subsequently released.
Al-Domaini and his two colleagues were put on trial in August, but the case was adjourned two months later when the defendants refused to answer questions in a closed hearing. Al-Domaini remains in detention, and was not allowed to see his dying father, who passed away in October.
The author of three volumes of poetry and one novel, he has campaigned for a move to constitutional monarchy and democracy in Saudi Arabia. But he is accused by the authorities of threatening national unity, doubting the independence of the Saudi judiciary, organising meetings and justifying violence, amongst other charges. The Saudi legal system is based on sharia, but it is unclear what punishment he might face if found guilty.
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Minister of Justice
HE Dr Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh
Ministry of Justice
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: 00 966 1 401 1741
(Member, Writers in Prison Committee, English PEN)
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/prisoners/alial-domaini/