Saudi Arabia freed an American sentenced to 16 years in prison for criticizing the Riyadh regime on Twitter

In this photo released by the Almadi family on Oct. 19, 2022, Ibrahim Almadi (L) is seen posing for a photo with his father, Saad, at a resort in Florida. Photo by FAMILY HANDOUT/AFP/File (-/)

The dual national citizen saudi and american Sad Almadi72 years old, has been set free after more than a year in prison in Riyadh after being sentenced to 16 years for the publication of some critical tweets against the Saudi governmentFamily sources and NGOs reported today.

Your son, ibrahim saadsaid on his official Twitter account that they had “cleared of all charges” his father, although so far it is unknown if he has been banned from leaving the country, as often happens when Saudi dissidents are released from prison.

abdullah alaoudhSaudi director of Freedom Initiative, Washington-based NGO dedicated to defending prisoners in the Middle East and North Africa, said they are relieved that Almadi has been released, “but he should not have spent a single day behind bars for some innocent tweets.”

There are too many people detained in Saudi Arabia who do not have the benefit of US citizenship to draw attention to their cases. Almadi was unjustly detained, apparently torturedand released only after the tireless campaign of his son and international pressure,” he said in a statement.

Saad Ibrahim Almadi sits in a restaurant at an unidentified location in the United States on August 20, 2021. Saudi Arabia has freed the Saudi-American citizen it jailed for more than a year for his past tweets critical of the crown prince. of the kingdom. (Ibrahim Almadi via AP/File) (Ibrahim Almadi/)

Almadi was arrested in November 2021 while visiting his family in Saudi Arabia and on October 3, 2022, the Saudi Specialized Criminal Court sentenced him to 16 years in prison on charges of “terrorism” regarding 14 tweets critical of the Saudi government that he posted while in the United States, some dating back seven years.

At least six Americans are currently detained or trapped under politically motivated travel bans in the kingdom, according to the NGO.

The liberation of Almadi comes days before the start of the Muslim holy month of ramadanthe date on which Muslim countries usually offer pardons to prisoners.

(With information from EFE)

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