Saudis are applying their barbaric style of life on Egyptians
Human Rights Watch reported today that a 14 Year-Old Egyptian Boy is facing death sentence in Saudi Arabia after a flawed trial in which he was convicted for the murder of another child. Saudi King Abdullah should uphold the country's obligations to protect children and due process by commuting the death sentence.
Neither the Saudi nor Egyptian government has responded to letters onthe case that Human Rights Watch sent several weeks ago and made public today before the Eid holiday.Following a seriously flawed trial, Ahmad al-D. was sentenced todeath in July for the murder of three-year old Wala' `Adil `Abd al-Badi` in Dammam in April 2004. The families of both children areEgyptian nationals living in Saudi Arabia. Wala's parents have refusedto accept blood money (diya) from Ahmad's family, and Ahmad remains on death row in a juvenile detention facility in Dammam.
Saudi Arabia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child,which prohibits capital punishment for offenses committed by individuals under 18 at the time of the crime and protects the rights ofall children accused or convicted of crimes.
Saudi Arabia stated in its 2004 report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child that the "Islamic Shariah in force in the Kingdom never imposes capital punishment on persons who have not attained their majority" and that "a juvenile is defined under the Detention Regulation and the Juvenile Homes' Regulation of A.H.1395 (1975) as every human being below the age of 18".
At every stage of the investigation, detention, trial and sentencing, the Saudi authorities violated Ahmad's due process rights and well as international legal protections for children. He had no legal assistanceor representation during interrogation, detention and trial. Press and police accounts also throw into question his psychological stability during this period and his ability to participate in his own defense. He told the Saudi online newspaper al-Yaum al-Elektroni that he confessed only after police questioned him for the third time because"my strength dwindled and I lacked the capacity to refuse." He saidthat while in pre-trial solitary confinement for three months he "criedfrom fear and loneliness."