Amnesty International said that Al-Khodari, 81, and his son, “have been detained for more than a year in Saudi Arabia.”
She added, “During the period of detention, Dr. Muhammad al-Khudari and his son Hani al-Khudari were subjected to grave violations of their human rights, including enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention, and the two men have not had any legal representation since their arrest.”
Hamas announced in September 2019 that the Saudi State Security Investigations Service had arrested al-Khudari and his son “without any justification” on April 4, 2019. It said that their arrest came “as part of a campaign against many of the Palestinian people residing in Saudi Arabia.”
Hamas indicated that Al-Khodari has been living in Jeddah for nearly 3 decades, and has been responsible for managing the relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for two decades, and has also held senior leadership positions in the movement. She added that he is 81 years old and suffers from “an incurable disease.”
Amnesty International confirmed, in a report, that Al-Khudary’s condition requires extensive medical attention, noting that he “needs cancer treatment,” and that he underwent surgery two weeks before his arrest, stressing that “there is a cause for serious concern about his health,” especially in The spread of the new Corona virus continued.
Amnesty International said that Al-Khudary appeared with his son on March 8th before the Specialized Criminal Court, as part of a group trial of 68 people, and added that he is facing charges of “joining a terrorist entity” and “establishing institutions within the kingdom to finance Hamas.” He resigned from his post as Hamas representative in Saudi Arabia 10 years ago.
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