'A political dissident and renowned Muslim preacher in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been brutally tortured in prison as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against Muslim preachers and intellectuals widens in the conservative oil-rich kingdom.
The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that Dr. Ali al-Omari is currently suffering from severe burns and injuries all over his body as a result of savage beatings and electric shocks he experienced during his detention in solitary confinement for 15 continuous months.
We confirm that Dr. Ali al-Omari is currently suffering from severe burns and injuries all over his body, due to being severely tortured by beating him and subjecting him to electric shocks during his detention in solitary confinement for 15 continuous months! pic.twitter.com/OEl1a0NtuH
— Prisoners of Conscie (@m3takl_en) January 9, 2019
It added that Omari was recently released from solitary confinement.
Saudi authorities arrested the cleric, who had called for more rights for women and campaigned against the violent Wahhabi ideology in his TV shows, in early September 2017, together with a group of preachers, academics and writers.
Wahhabism is freely preached by Saudi clerics backed by the regime in Riyadh. The Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other militant groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths “infidels,” justifying the killing of their victims.'
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