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Eighty-one men were executed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, more than last year’s total.
The group includes 7 Yemenis and one Syrian citizen. Sentenced to “many heinous crimes”, Including terrorism, the state news agency SPA reported.
Some have been accused of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group, al-Qaeda or Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticized for its political and religious expressions and its regulatory laws for enforcing the death penalty. Even if the perpetrators are arrested as minors.
Saudi Arabia denies allegations of human rights abuses and defends its national security under its laws.
Human rights groups have warned that many of the defendants will not receive a fair trial in Saudi Arabia, but the government denies it.
According to the SPA, the last panel was heard by 13 judges and was subject to a three-stage judicial process.
Individuals have been charged with plotting attacks against key economic targets, killing members of the security forces or attacking, abducting, torturing, raping and smuggling weapons into the country.
“These people … have been convicted of various crimes, including killing innocent men, women and children,” the SPA said, citing a Interior Ministry statement.
It added that “the crimes committed by these individuals include swearing allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and the Houthis.”
Some went to conflict areas to join “terrorist organizations,” the SPA said.
Number of executions carried out on Saturday Eclipse69 Execution was announced in the kingdom throughout 2021 And 27 in 2020.
Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world – fifth on a list compiled by Amnesty International. The other four are China, Iran, Egypt and Iraq.
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