West News Wire: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is “deeply concerned” over allegations that an aid worker currently held in Saudi Arabia is being tortured.
Pelosi’s call comes ahead of an appeal hearing in Red Crescent Society worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan’s criminal case, due to be held Monday.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by a 20-year travel ban, per an April statement from the U.S. State Department expressing concern about his imprisonment — which the MENA Rights Group said was in response to him running two satirical Twitter accounts.
Al-Sadhan disappeared after being arrested at the Red Crescent Society office in Riyadh in March 2018, according to the MENA Rights Group.
The rights group alleges that he was “subjected to severe torture and sexual harassment while held in a secret location during his first year in detention.”
This includes “electric shocks, beatings that caused broken bones, flogging, hanging from the feet and suspension in stress-positions, threats of murder and beheading, insults, verbal humiliation.”
His sister Areej al-Sadhan tweeted her thanks to Pelosi for her support.
“Thank you so much Madam Speaker Pelosi for your continuous attention & support for my family and HumanRights. We are very worried about my brother’s safety & health, deteriorating under torture in Saudi detention, while we remain completely deprived of any contact with him,” Areej al-Sadhan wrote.