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  1. Morocco condemned over extradition to Saudi Arabia

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Rights groups and supporters of Osama al-Hasani have condemned Morocco for extraditing the Saudi-Australian theologian to Saudi Arabia, where they say he could face torture.

    They accuse Morocco of violating the non-refoulement principle under the UN Convention against Torture.

    Moroccan officials confirmed they had handed Mr Hasani to the Saudi authorities, who had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of theft, which he denies.

    Mr Hasani's legal team say it is politically motivated and has urged the UN to speak to Moroccan and Saudi authorities.

    While the Moroccan authorities said they had handed him over to Saudi Arabia, there is no indication Mr Hasani has left the country.

    Activists believe he is still in Morocco in the custody of Saudi officials.

    His wife Hana had pleaded with the Australian prime minister, saying she fears for his life if taken to Saudi Arabia.

    The Australian government confirmed on Thursday it was in contact with Morocco on the matter and that an embassy official had visited him.

    Mr Hasani was arrested last month in the Moroccan city of Tangier on his way to visiting his wife and infant son.

  2. Lawyers seek to block man's extradition from Morocco

    BBC World Service

    Lawyers for a dual Saudi and Australian citizen facing deportation from Morocco to Saudi Arabia have asked the UN to raise his case with the Moroccan authorities.

    Osama al-Hasani was arrested on his arrival in Morocco last month in connection with an Interpol notice from Saudi Arabia, citing charges of theft - which he's denied.

    A Moroccan court has now approved the extradition request.

    Mr Hasani's wife and his supporters say they fear what might happen to him if he is sent back to Saudi Arabia.

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  3. Morocco urged not to extradite wanted Saudi theologian

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    The family and supporters of Saudi-Australian theologian Usama Hasani have pleaded with the authorities in Morocco not to extradite him to Saudi Arabia where he's wanted.

    Dr Hasani, 42, and his wife Hana Hasani, have also appealed to the Australian government to intervene.

    The theologian was arrested on 8 February when he arrived in the city of Tangier to visit his wife and four-month old child.

    Saudi authorities have requested his extradition but the grounds are unclear.

    Activists on social media say Dr Hasani has been targeted by the Saudi authorities for allegedly "participating in opposition activities" against the country's leaders.

    In an open letter Ms Hana pleaded with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help stop the extradition.

    She also expressed fears that if the extradition is approved, her husband would be "treated like Khashoggi" - the Saudi journalist murdered and dismembered in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

  4. The Saudis and the superpower

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  6. US raises human rights with Saudi Arabia

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    Video caption: A friend of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi gives his reaction

    A friend of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi gives his reaction.

  7. Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul freed from prison

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    Video caption: She has been a key women's rights campaigner in the Kingdom.

    She has been a key women's rights campaigner in the Kingdom.