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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Afghanistan executes 5 criminals involved in kidnapping, murder in Herat

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An Afghan official says authorities have executed 5 members of a criminal group behind several kidnappings and murders in the western province of Herat.

The convicts were executed at Pul-e-Charkhi prison in the capital, Kabul. 

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Wednesday that Askar Anwari, a former member of the provincial council in Herat was among the 5 who were hanged.

Rahimi says the executions were carried out after 3 appeals courts and President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death sentences of the 5. 

The group had been involved in the kidnapping and murder of a deputy head of a construction company, as well as other illegal activities.

In May 2016, Ghani approved the executions of 6 suspects convicted on terrorism charges.

Source: radio.gov.pk, December 2, 2017


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