King Salman appointed Saud al-Mojeb (سعود المعجب) as the attorney general four days before the major political reshuffle in which he named Mohammad bin Salman crown prince in June 2017. Prior to assuming his current position, Al-Mojeb served first as a judge and then as a member of the Supreme Judicial Council. His experience almost exclusively involved personal status (family law) cases. He also serves as a member of the controversial National Anti-Corruption Commission, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
As attorney general, al-Mojeb bears overall responsibility for prosecuting criminal cases, including decisions to prosecute Salman Alodah and Loujain Alhathloul for their peaceful speech and activism, which are protected by international human rights law. Al-Mojeb kept them in arbitrary and pretrial detention for long periods of time, including months when they were held without access to lawyers and without being charged with a crime. Al-Mojeb also ignored a 2019 request by Alhathloul to investigate her claims of torture during her detention in 2018.
DAWN requested a response from Mr. al-Mojeb by writing to the Saudi authorities, but no response was received by the time of publication.