On Thursday, the Saudi authorities temporarily released two Saudis who hold American citizenship, as two human rights organizations and relatives of the released told AFP.
The two released are Salah Al-Haidar, the son of a women’s rights activist, and Badr Al-Ibrahim, a doctor and writer, both of whom were arrested in April and charged in connection with terrorist crimes.
The news of their release was announced by the Association of Prisoners of Conscience and the Freedom Initiative, a non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, as well as relatives of the detainees who requested that their names not be published.
The detainees were released pending trial before the Specialized Criminal Court, which is a judicial body that examines terrorism cases, and is scheduled to appear before it on March 8, according to the Freedom Initiative.
A State Department spokesman confirmed to Agence France-Presse that he welcomed the decision and said: We are closely monitoring the conditional release of American citizens Badr Al-Ibrahim and Salah Al-Haidar.
There has been no official comment from the Saudi authorities on the arrest of these two men, nor on the charges against them, or even on the decision to temporarily release them.
Biden pledged to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia over its human rights record