Saudi Arabia ‘to execute more than fifty convicted of terrorism’

Written by on November 27, 2015

Amnesty International has expressed alarm at reports that the authorities in Saudi Arabia are planning to execute dozens of people in a single day. The newspaper Okaz said fifty-five people are awaiting execution for “terrorist crimes”.

download (3)They are thought to include Shia who took part in anti-government protests. Amnesty said that given the spike in executions this year, it had no option but to take the reports very seriously. The group believes at least one hundred and fifty-one people have been put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year – the highest recorded figure since 1995.

Among those at imminent risk of execution were six Shia activists from Awamiya “who were clearly convicted in unfair trials”, according to Amnesty. James Lynch, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director says it is clear that the Saudi Arabian authorities are using the guise of counter-terrorism to settle political scores.

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