2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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…

Captured British ISIS Jihadists face execution in Iraq

Members of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team talk to suspected Islamic State fighter in Mosul, Iraq
6,000 captured Jihadis got the death penalty in terror trials lasting under 20 minutes. Iraqi courts are sentencing Islamic State fighters - including Europeans - to execution by hanging.

BRIT Jihadists captured after the fall of ISIS in Iraq are facing the death penalty in terror trials lasting less than 20 minutes. 

Iraqi courts are sentencing Islamic State fighters - including Europeans - to execution by hanging. 

The war-torn country's Justice Ministry has disclosed 194 terrorism-related executions since 2016, including at least 27 foreigners from other Arab countries, according to a review of ministry news releases. 

Last month the ministry said it had executed an additional 38 prisoners on terrorism-related charges, but it did not specify their nationalities, prompting a rebuke by the United Nations human rights office. 

At least 1 of those executed was from Sweden, according to researchers on human rights and terrorism. 

Up to 6,000 more are on death row, and their nationalities have not been disclosed, according to the United Nations. 

Many more suspected militants are in custody, including at least 4 Europeans. 

More than 800 UK citizens are thought to have gone to fight for Isis in Iraq and Syria, including teenagers, women and young families. 

3 weeks ago, 2 Turkish men who claimed they had travelled to Iraq to work as plumbers were found guilty of being ISIS fighters and sent to the gallows after a hearing that lasted just 18 minutes, reported the Washington Post. 

In December 2016, judge Abu Iman, who rules at the Qayyarah terrorist investigations court, warned that at least 100 Brit Jihadists captured in the beseiged city of Mosul would face the death penalty. 

He said: "They have committed crimes against Iraqis so they should face local law." 

And last month UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, said Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad should be "hunted down and killed". 

He suggested there was deliberate targeting of British Jihadists by the armed forces fighting ISIS as the group retreats in Syria and Iraq. 

He said: "A dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain." 

"I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country. We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat." 

Williamson said Jihadist groups in Libya, Iraq and Syria were breeding grounds for plotting attacks in the UK. 

He added: "Our job in terms of eliminating will not stop this year, will not stop next year - it is something we have got to continue to pursue." 

Source: thesun.co.uk, January 9, 2018

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