Saudi Dr Mohammed Alabdulkareem was arrested after publishing an article on the effectiveness of the political regulation among the royal family [Ar]. The scholar holds a PhD degree in Islamic Regulations, and teaches at Al-Imam Muhammed ibn Saud Islamic University. And the article was not his first, as he had written several others discussing political issues within the Saudi community.
According to Dr Alabdulkareem's Facebook fan page, he had expressed his expectations to be arrested to his friend Abdullah Almalki, after publishing the article and prior to his arrest.
Reporters Without Borders notes that Dr Alabdulkareem was arrested at his home by four men with no warrant on December 5, 12 days after posting the article.
Free Dr Alabdulkareem
As a reaction to the arrest, social media was filled with calls to release the scholar. Two fan pages was created in response to the arrest on Facebook. They are: “Free Dr.Alabdulkarim” and “We are all Mohammed Abdulkarim.” Moreover, on Twitter the hashtag #FreeDrAbdulkarim was used to call for his release. Many blog entries were also written with calls for his release. Below are some of the reactions.
The blogger Talaf poses questions about his country:
From Twitter, Abdulrahman Alnasri, is willing to be arrested for standing up for his country too:
From the scholar's fan page, Khaled Alhojoori comments:
لم يعطونهم هامشا من الحرية ثم يعتقلون هذا الهامش؟
لقد أصبحت حياة الناس تبعا لأمزجة البعض ،، تضيع سنوات من عمرك لا بأس بذلك ،، فهي ليست ملكا لك ،، هي ملك لغيرك
كان الله في عونك أخونا محمد ,, فنحن لا نملك غير الكلام ، وأخشى أن يصادر
Why do they give them a small margin of freedom, and then take this margin away?
Many lives now depend on the moods of some. It is fine to waste years of your life, because it isn't yours, it belongs to others.
May Allah be with you brother Mohammed. We have nothing to offer but our words, and we are afraid that even this may be taken away.
Finally, Nofah wondered about Dr. Alabulkareem's fate, and whether he will spend the rest of his life in jail, like many other political prisoners: