Bakheet accused the hospital in Taima of being run by a “gang of thieves”
A campaign has been launched to aid a disabled Saudi man sentenced to 100 lashes and 18 months in jail for complaining about the medical treatment he received.
Dolan bin Bakheet was arrested after posting on Twitter about neglect of patients and poor safety procedures he witnessed in hospital. He is currently appealing against his sentence, which was passed last week.
The 35-year-old was injured 10 years ago in a car crash and now uses a wheel chair. He says he has suffered from constant medical negligence in several Saudi hospitals, and he has never had any physical therapy.
Bakheet turned to Twitter about a year ago to complain, after he sent many unanswered complaints to the ministry of health. As time went on his posts became more bold.
Bakheet accused the hospital in Taima of being run by a “gang of thieves”. The head of the hospital then filed an official complaint against Bakheet for defamation in the bureau of investigation and public prosecution.
Tabouk police spokesperson Khalid al-Ghabban said Bakheet was being punished under the country’s anti-cyber crime laws for using “defamatory” language against the head of the hospital. “The sentencing has not yet been carried out because the case is in the appeals process,” he added.
Bakheet’s sentence has angered many Saudis who have used Twitter to express their disbelief.
(Source / 21.05.2015)