SAUDI ARABIA: EXECUTED CONVICTS ARE SHOWN IN PUBLIC The executions took place in Jeddah, the people executed were all foreigners

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Accused of murder and robbery, 5 men, all foreigners, were executed in Saudi Arabia. The men were all decapitated with a sword whose bodies, were then hoisted onto a helicopter and shown off to the public a  practice that is becoming more and more common in the country.

Earlier this week, the Saudi Interior Minister announced the execution of five people, two from Yemen, and others from Chad, Eritrea and Sudan, who were sentenced to death for killing an Indian guard during a robbery.

For a long time Amnesty International has denounced  Riyadh  for the  increasingly frequent implementation of capital punishment. Last year, Saudi Arabia was reported in the black list of countries as having the highest number of executions of this kind, only in 2015, there have been 75. Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery are all offences punishable by the death penalty without any opportunity for the accused to defend themselves. Indeed, the proceedings are very often carried out in a very superficial way, as occurred to the blogger Muhammad Badawi, sentenced to prison and a thousand lashes for having “insulted” Islam on the website ‘ Liberal Saudi Web Network.’ It is feared that he too will face the death penalty.

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