Monday, February 05, 2007

King Abdullah Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Al-Saud

The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty The King
Royal Court
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Monday, February 5, 2007

Your Majesty,

My name is Timothy Schwinghamer. I am a graduate student at the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba, Canada. I am concerned by reports that at least 10 men, including Sulieman al-Rushudi, Essam al-Basrawi, Dr. Saud al-Hashimi, Al-Sharif Saif Al-Ghalib, Dr. Musa al-Qirni, Dr. Abdel Rahman al-Shumayri, ‘Abdelaziz al-Khariji, and at least three others were arrested in Jeddah and Madinah on February 3 and are being held incommunicado. Please ensure that all the detainees are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and given regular access to their families, their lawyers, and any medical attention they may require.

Do you know why exactly they have been detained? Are they facing charges? If they are held solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to express their conscientiously held beliefs, then please release them immediately and unconditionally. Please send me any details of the proceedings of their trials.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Timothy Schwinghamer

121 Dafoe Road, Box 524B
Winnipeg MB R3T 3B6


His Excellency Abdulaziz H.I. ALSOWAYEGH
Ambassador for Saudi Arabia
201 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6

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