WASHINGTON – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she was “deeply concerned” about the alleged torture of a Saudi aid worker while being held in Saudi Arabia.
Worker April According to a US State Department statement, aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan was detained by Saudi authorities in March 2018 and sentenced to 20 years in prison and a 20-year travel ban. He was arrested at the Red Crescent Society’s office in Riyadh, where he worked.
In a tweet, Pelosi, a Democrat, said Congress would monitor the hearing of his appeal, which he said Monday, and “all human rights violations by the regime.”
“I am deeply concerned about the allegations of torture by detaining aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan. His sentence continues to be an attack on freedom of expression, as in Saudi Arabia, “Pelosi tweeted.
Separately, Al-Sadhan’s sister said her health was deteriorating.
Ariz Al-Sadhan wrote on Twitter, “We are very concerned about my brother’s safety and health, the Saudi prisoner torture is deteriorating, and we are completely deprived of any contact with him.”
The Saudi embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to crush dissent while introducing social and economic reforms to modernize the empire. Saudi authorities have detained senior members of the royal family, activists, intellectuals and clerics.
Mena Rights Group, a Geneva-based advocacy NGO, said in an April statement that al-Sadhan had been prosecuted for running two satirical Twitter accounts and financing terrorism, supporting or sympathizing with Islamic State militants, and preparing, saving and sending. Those messages would “prejudice public order and religious values.”
The group added that al-Sadhan’s family learned that he had been subjected to severe torture during his detention, including “electric shocks, fractures, flogging, flogging, suspension of hanging and pressure, death threats and beheadings, insults.” , Verbal insults. ”