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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…

Saudi national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

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The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha

A Saudi national was executed in the kingdom for shooting and killing a man in the region of Asir, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced on Monday.

Gibran bin Salem bin Joueid al-Qahtani shot and killed Omar bin Mohammed bin Muraya al-Qahtani due to a dispute between them, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Security authorities arrested the offender and following an investigation, he was charged with the crime referred him to the criminal court.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death and the ruling was upheld by the appeals court and the Supreme Court.

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha in the Asir region.

The interior ministry asserted the keenness of the government “to maintain security and achieve justice” and punish violators of such heinous crimes.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for several offences including murder, drug-related crimes, homosexuality and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, the kingdom executed 146 people in 2017.


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Public execution in Saudi Arabia


Source: gulfbusiness.com, September 3, 2018


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