Bin Salman's confidant threatened to rape her
"There has been sexual harassment. Saud al-Qahtani (Saudi's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's confidant) however once said to her that he will rape her before he kills her," said Walid al-Hazlul.18 Agustus 2019 14:45
Saudi female activist Lujain al-Hazlul was detained since May 2018. (Walid al-Hazlul for Albalad.co)
Lujain al-Hazlul, 30, is one of the heroes who succeded to push Saudi Arabia's regime to give a right for their women too drive a car and motorcycle. She and other human rights activists has campaigned on that issue for years.
The result, Royal decree in June last year decided to allow Saudi women to drive. Unfortunately, a month before, Lujain was arrested and until now still stay in jail.
At the beginning she was in Dahban prison then they moved her to a secret facility not far away from Dahban. This is where the torture used to take place, such as electrocution, whipping, water boarding.
"There has been sexual harassment. Saud al-Qahtani (Saudi's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's confidant) however once said to her that he will rape her before he kills her," said Walid al-Hazlul, Lujain's brother, in an exclusive interview with Faisal Assegaf from Albalad.co via WhatsApp yesterday.
How about the latest condition of your sister Lujain in jail?
She's holding on. But being in jail for 14 months is not an easy experience. The torture has stopped since August of last year.
Do Saudi authorities give a permission for family to visit her?
Yes the visit is every month and she calls every week
Who does usually visit her?
For how long youur parents can meet her every time get a visit to prison?
From 1/2 hour to an hour.
And for how long she get a chance to call?
Every week for 1/2 an hour.
Is there any bruise on her body that marks a sign of torture have been seen by your parents?
They saw the bruise when they first knew that back in December. Her thighs were blackened.
How about her mental? Does she get depression or she still committ to continue her struggle against Saudi's authoritarian regime?
She's holding on.
Does she stay in solitary cell or join with other activists?
Now she's in solitary after they temporarily released two women activists who were detained with her.
Does she believe she will be released also?
I think so but no body knows when.
Does she receive enough food in prison?
Where she was detained and what the accusation against her?
When she was detained at the beginning she was in Dahban prison then they moved her to a secret facility not far away from Dahban. This is where the torture used to take place. They then moved her back to Dahban prison. By mid December last year, they moved her to Ha’ir prison in Riyadh.
Most of the charges are related to her human rights activism such as contacting Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. She's also accused of contacting foreign journalists. Another charge is applying for a job at the UN.
What kind of torture she received before?
Électrocution, whipping, water boarding.
Is there any attempt from Saudi security officers to rape her?
There has been sexual harassment. Saud al-Qahtani however once said to her that he will rape her before he kills her.
When did your sister arrest and where?
She was arrested on May 15, 2018 in Riyadh and then they moved her immediately to Jeddah. On December 2018 they moved her back to Riyadh.
Why did she refuse an offer from Saudi security officials to release her from prison?
At the beginning it was just signing a document denying the torture but then they asked for more which is denying the torture on video which is way too much to ask.
But the substance is still the same between a document and video. So why did she refuse?
Probably because the document will be private but the video is intended to publish to the public.
By refusing this offer, do you think she will not be released from prison for a long time?
It's hard to tell. They're very unpredictable.
So why after more than a year, Saudi authorities offer to release her?
To be honest I don't know and it goes back to the unpredictability.
What is her comments when Saudi decided to give Saudi women a right to drive a car in June last year, an issue she has campaigned?
She's extremely happy about it.
Do you think international communities, include muslim leaders, are weak to speak about human rights violations committed by Saudi Arabia?
I prefer not to speak about politics