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Date: 17 Jan 2012
Date: 17 Jan 2012
Report about the trial of the lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer
The lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer has attended in front of the third minor criminal court on November 22, 2011due to his accusation during the period of national safety. The trial was postponed to February 7, 2012 for hearing witnesses on his behalf.
The lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer was arrested on April 15, 2011 after raiding his house and confiscating his personal and work items such as laptops, documents, and mobile phones as well as his office keys.
He was kept in detention for 114 days, where he was ill treated and tortured. He was kept in solitary confinement for seven week.
On 12 June, Mohammed al-Tajer was brought before the National Safety Court, (a military court) of First Instance. There were no one of his family member or his lawyers informed about the trial.
Some lawyers who were in the court that day and saw him informed the judge that they wanted to represent him. He was charged with offences that include spreading rumours and malicious news and incitement of hatred towards the regime. He has pleaded not guilty.
On 16 June he was brought again before the National Safety Court, about 50 lawyers had attended the session with him.
The defence confirmed in an oral argument, the invalidity of the investigation of the military prosecution against him, noting that the case papers were free of an order of referral, and the lack of arrest warrant.
Al-Tajer denied the signature on some of the documents referred to prosecution, which was clearly shown the difference between both signatures.
The defence also confirmed that their client “Al-Tajer “didn’t violate the law in the issue of a licensed assembly in the Pearl Roundabout , which lasted for more than a month with the permission from the king and his crown, and by the knowledge and protection of the security services. In that assembly Al-Tajer as well as the others had exercised one right of his constitutional rights.
The defence refused the charges of spreading rumours and false news and inciting hatred as it was based on ALALAM interview which didn’t have any of the words recorded in the file case.
In spite of his release on middle of august Al-Tajer still didn’t receive any of his confiscated items which contain a lot of his client’s information’s which affect the confidentiality of his work, and some of the confiscated items contain personal pictures and videos of his family.
Al-Tajer complains that he is still on close monitoring of his phones and movements. Even his clients are under pressure of not to assign him a new cases. He also complained that still there are a lot of incite sectarianism and treasons words against him in their forums.
He fears the consequences of continuing the trial in the presence of the same national safety court sentences.
Al-Tajer would like to express his profound appreciation and gratitude to all whom contributed to his release and improve his treatment during detention and to whom supported his family.