TRIBUNNEWS.COM – The death penalty has been applied for various charges in the largest mass execution in Saudi Arabia’s modern history.
Quoted from Al Jazeera Sunday (13/3/2022), Saudi Arabia has executed 81 men over the past 24 hours, including seven Yemenis and one Syrian.
They were executed on charges including “loyalty to foreign terrorist organizations” and holding “deviant beliefs”, the state news agency Saudi Press Agency said, in the largest mass known.
That number dwarfs the 67 reported executions in Saudi Arabia in 2021 and 27 in 2020.
“These people … were convicted of various crimes including killing innocent men, women and children,” SPA said on Saturday, citing a statement from the interior ministry.
“The crimes committed by these people also include pledging allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations, such as ISIS (ISIL), al-Qaeda and the Houthis,” he added.
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Some traveled to conflict zones to join “terrorist organizations”, according to SPA.
“Defendants are given the right to be accompanied by a lawyer and are guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law throughout the judicial process,” he said.
“The Kingdom will continue to take a firm and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten stability throughout the world,” the report added.
The men included 37 Saudi nationals who were found guilty in one case of trying to kill security officers and targeting police stations and convoys, the report added.