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Five Pakistanis executed in Saudi Arabia over murder during robbery

Men executed in accordance with Shariah law, despite appeals from human rights organizations

Five Pakistani nationals have been reportedly executed in Saudi Arabia following convictions for murder and robbery, according to reports from foreign media sources.

The individuals were implicated in a crime involving the killing of a watchman during a robbery at a private company.

The incident came to light when authorities arrested the suspects during investigation. Subsequently, a Saudi court deliberated on the case and sentenced the accused to death pending the verification of charges. 

The Saudi Court of Appeal later upheld the initial verdict, leading to the implementation of the death penalty against the convicted individuals. 
 
Saudi Arabia executed the five individuals in accordance with Shariah law, despite appeals from human rights organizations and concerns surrounding the judicial process. 

According to Saudi officials, the men were convicted of participating in a heinous crime that resulted in the loss of innocent lives. The incident occurred in the kingdom's eastern province, where the perpetrators were apprehended and subsequently tried under the law.

Islamabad has expressed regret over the executions, calling for a review of the cases to ensure that justice was served. 


The Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh was actively involved in providing legal assistance to the convicted individuals throughout the legal proceedings.

However, the executions have drawn criticism from human rights groups, who have raised concerns about the fairness and transparency of Saudi Arabia's judicial system. They point to alleged instances of unfair trials and executions, arguing that such actions should not be taken without ensuring a transparent and fair representation for the accused.

Source: samaa.tv, Staff, March 7, 2024

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