Crime & Justice

Saudi Arabia executes three terror convicts

Riyadh, June 11 (EFE).- Three Saudi citizens were executed on Sunday in Riyadh after being convicted of “creating a terrorist cell target security personnel” and killing a police officer.

The latest executions bring the number of those executed by beheading for various charges in the ultra-conservative kingdom in 2023 to at least 32.

The interior ministry said the three Saudis, identified as Abdelmalek bin Fahd, Mohamed bin Jaled, and Mohamed bin Abdelrahman, were also convicted of “possession of weapons, ammunition, and explosive material.”

A court had found them guilty of “planning, murdering, and burning the body of a security officer.”

The statement, which did not provide dates for the incidents, arrest, or trial, noted that “the verdict was ratified by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court (…) and a royal decree was issued” to implement it.

It is the eighth execution in Saudi Arabia in two weeks, following the death sentences imposed on three Saudis and two Bahrainis on June 4 and May 29, respectively, for similar charges.

The executions bring the number of prisoners executed in Saudi Arabia in 2023, including Saudis and foreign residents convicted of murder, drug trafficking, sodomy, or terrorism, to at least 32.

In 2022, the monarchy executed 196 death row inmates, the highest number of capital punishments in the Arab country in the last 30 years, according to Amnesty International. EFE


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