The son of an American man sentenced to 16 years in prison in Saudi Arabia has criticized President Biden for failing to help his father and “selling him for oil.”
Saad Ibrahim Almadi, 72, was jailed in the country for a series of tweets he posted while in Florida — after the US State Department failed to send a representative to observe proceedings in Saudi Arabia.
The prisoner’s son, Ibrahim Almadi, 26, has now spoken out about Biden and the way his father has been treated – he is ashamed of the White House and their lack of support.
The 72-year-old Florida project manager was arrested in November while traveling to Riyadh to visit his family. He was arrested at the airport and found guilty of trying to destabilize the kingdom and supporting and financing terrorism.
The only evidence they showed in the Saudi court were 14 tweets, his son said.
Saad Ibrahim Almadi, 72, was locked up in the country for a series of tweets he posted while in Florida – after the US State Department failed to send a representative to observe proceedings in Saudi Arabia
The American citizen (pictured) was sentenced to 16 years – and was given a 16-year travel ban. This means he wouldn’t be able to return to America until age 104
The tweets contain messages criticizing the demolition of old parts of the cities of Mecca and Jeddah, poverty in the kingdom and a reference to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Fighting for information to help his father, Alamadi called the White House switchboard almost every day from the end of May.
He tried – and failed – to get in touch with Stephanie Hallett, the acting senior director of the National Security Council for the Middle East and North Africa.
But Alamadi claims that an operator asked him, “Why do you want to talk to someone who doesn’t want to talk to you?”
And the furious son said Biden must “get the f*** out of the White House” if he doesn’t consider it his job and duty to free imprisoned American citizens like his father from foreign prisons.
Speaking with the New York Post, he said, ‘He sold my father for oil, that’s clear to us. Especially when we saw the news last week of how they requested that OPEC decisions be postponed for a month.
US President Joe Biden (left) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right)
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pictured, was murdered in 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman punches US President Joe Biden as he arrives at Al Salman Palace, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022
Biden only cares about votes. He doesn’t care about my father, he doesn’t care about American citizens.
“He was sold for oil, but they didn’t get the oil. So there is no father, no oil. There’s nothing – there’s only shame, the White House has that now.”
Foreign ministry officials reportedly laughed at the younger Alamadi when he feared his father might not be able to vote in the by-elections next month.
He added: “My father is a Republican registered voter. He wants to participate in the upcoming elections. They laughed and told your father to ask for a paper ballot.”
Alamadi also told the BBC that he believes that if his father was arrested in Russia or Iran, Biden would do anything to release him.
However, the president’s desire to keep the oil-rich kingdom by his side outweighs his judgment to help the imprisoned American citizen, he claims.
Alamadi said, “If you’re stuck in Saudi Arabia, a barrel of oil is worth more than you, habibi.”
The American citizen was sentenced to 16 years – and was given a 16-year travel ban. This means that he would not be able to return to America until the age of 104.
Since being imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, he has been tortured and forced to live with real terrorists, his son told the Washington Post.
It took a representative from the US embassy six months to visit Almadi in prison for the first time – and no one from the department was present during his sentencing on October 3.
The younger Alamadi told the Washington Post“I told the State Department that his hearing was scheduled for October 3, and they had to be there. Afterwards they said on the phone, “Oh, I’m sorry we forgot to tell the embassy.”
When approached, a senior State Department official said the fact that the information did not reach the embassy “is something we deeply regret.”