Coordinates: Al-Ha'ir Prison (Arabic: سجن الحاير also romanized as al-Hayer, al-Hayar, or al-Haer) is a Saudi Arabian maximum-security Mabahith-affiliated prison located approximately 25 miles south of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's largest prison, the complex includes facilities for both common criminals and security offenders, and reportedly houses a number of al-Qaeda figures.
September 2003 fire
In September 2003 there was a major fire at al-Ha'ir in which sixty-seven inmates died and at least twenty were injured.
- William Sampson, a British-Canadian man tortured and kept in solitary confinement for 31 months, and Sandy Mitchell, one of Sampson's co-accused.
- Mohammad Al-Harbi, a Saudi high-school teacher who was accused of mocking religion and sentenced to three years' imprisonment and 750 lashes.
- Hani al-Sayegh, a Saudi controversially accused of complicity in the Khobar towers bombing.
In October 2004, former detainees William Sampson, Sandy Mitchell and Les Walker, part of a group of nine foreign nationals convicted of bombing, terrorism and espionage (and subsequently released on royal pardon) were given permission by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to sue for redress for wrongful conviction and torture. Named in the suit were:
- Prince Naif, Minister of Interior
- Mohammed Said, governor of al-Ha'ir Prison
- Ibrahim al-Dali, officer of the Mabahith (the Saudi Arabian general intelligence service)
- Khaled al-Saleh, officer of the Mabahith
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- "Saudi Arabia: Dispensing a Peaceful Demonstration after Assaulting Prisoner's Wife and Four of Her Children due to A video Segment". ANHRI. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- Amnesty International, Hani al-Sayegh, deported, detained, denied basic rights, April 23, 2000
- "Jailing Jihadis: Saudi Arabia’s Special Terrorist Prisons" at Global Terrorism Analysis