Saudi authorities released two activists holding American citizenship on bail pending their trial, and human rights organizations and family members of the activists confirmed the news.
sessions were scheduled for the seventh and eighth of February, respectively, to continue their trial on terrorism-related charges, and the two have been imprisoned since April 2019.
In a statement after the release, the Freedom Initiative, a Washington-based human rights organization, considered their release as a “welcome development, although it was long overdue.”
She added, “Dr. Badr Al-Ibrahim and Salah Al-Haidar should not have been imprisoned in the first place, and their release should not have been temporary.”
For its part, Amnesty International also welcomed their release and called on the Saudi government to release “all journalists, activists and human rights defenders, immediately and without conditions.”