New execution for “terrorism” in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi authorities on Tuesday executed a man accused of training in the use of weapons and explosives in an “enemy country” with the aim of “striking a blow to the kingdom’s security”, the official Saudi news agency reported.

It brought to seven the number of executions since the beginning of this month on “terrorism” charges in the country, most of which took place in the eastern part of the Sunni kingdom, home to a large part of the Shiite minority.

The Gulf monarchy, one of the world’s most frequently executed countries, has executed 36 people this year, according to an AFP tally based on official announcements.

In 2022, 147 people were executed, double the number compared to the previous year. Among them, 81 convicted of “terrorism” were executed on the same day, sparking an international outcry.

The man executed on Tuesday, a Saudi national, was convicted of allegedly going to a camp of an “enemy country” where he was “trained in the use of weapons and explosives” with the intention of returning “to carry out his terrorist plan to achieve a security blow” of the kingdom,” according to the official SPA news agency.

Three other Saudi nationals were executed the day before in the eastern part of the country; they had been convicted on similar charges, according to the agency.

More than 1,000 death row inmates have been executed since King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed, the Sunni kingdom’s de facto leader, took power in 2015, according to figures compiled by Britain’s Reprieve and the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights. and they made them public at the beginning of the year.

The number of executions in Saudi Arabia rose from an average of 70.8 a year from 2010 to 2014 to 129.5 a year from 2015 onwards, according to the same source.

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