A young Saudi man arrested for participating in an Arab Spring demonstration in 2012 and sentenced to death at the age of 17 was released on Wednesday, eight months after the Saudi authorities commuted his sentence, announced a human rights organization.
“Ali Mohamed al-Nimr, who had been detained since 2012 for participating in demonstrations when he was under 18 and had been sentenced to death, was released today,” announced Saudi Arabian human rights group ALQST.
The young man was arrested during a protest against the Sunni Wahhabi government in the Shiite province of Qatif and accused, among other things, of participating in an illegal demonstration and insulting the King, according to the human rights organization.
In May 2014, Al-Nimr was sentenced to death by crucifixion and, according to allegations by some non-governmental organizations (NGO), was tortured in prison.
In February of this year, the Saudi court in charge of crimes of terrorism commuted his capital punishment to another ten years in prison.
In April 2020, Saudi Arabia ended, by royal decree, the application of the death penalty to minors, who can now only be sentenced to a maximum of ten years of deprivation of liberty in a juvenile detention center.
ALQST did not specify whether Al-Nimr, who spent nine years on death row, obtained early release or is on parole.
After years at the top of the list of countries that apply the most death sentences, the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after carrying out legal reforms, reduced in 2020 the number of executions by about 85% compared to the previous year, when 184 were executed. convicted, according to official data.
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