Geopolitical Futures mentioned "three clerics" recently condemned to death but didn't get into it. I asked them to. They said they would. Try that with The Guardian!
- Ali al-Omari, 45, is a famous Saudi public figure and cleric whose TV shows have called for more rights for women and campaigned against violent extremism. His TV and social media appearances, particularly on Snapchat, have gained him a large following among young Muslims across the Arab world. Omari is also the chairman of the Mecca Open University, and a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars - which has been labelled a terrorist organisation by Saudi Arabia.
- In September 1994 Salman al-Ouda was imprisoned for alleged “anti-government activities.” He and Safar al-Hawali were arrested together with a large number of their followers in the city of Burayda, Qasim region. Moreover, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Ibn Baz issued a fatwa, that unless al-Ouda and al-Hawali repented their former conduct, they would be banned from lecturing, meetings and cassette-recording. He was one of the leaders of The Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR) that was a Saudi dissident group created in 1993 and was the first ever opposition organization in the Kingdom openly challenging the absolute monarchy, accusing the government and senior Saudi scholars of not doing enough to protect the legitimate Islamic rights of the Muslims.
He has been detained by the Saudi authorities since September, 2017, and have held him in solitary confinement without charge or trial ever since. The officials have imposed travel bans on members of his family as well. He was arrested for his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. In September, 2018, prosecutors began seeking the death penalty for him.
- Israa al-Ghomgham, 29, was arrested along with her husband Moussa al-Hashem in December 2015 for their roles in organising anti-government protests in eastern Qatif province in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
In a hearing at Riyadh’s specialised criminal court earlier this month, the public prosecutor recommended Ms Ghomgham and five other defendants face beheading under anti-terrorism legislation.