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Saudi Arabia Has Executed 81 People

Saudi Arabia Has Executed 81 People

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history.

The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for the 63 militants convicted of seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, the worst-ever militant attack to target the kingdom and Islam’s holiest site.

It wasn’t clear why the kingdom choose Saturday for the executions.

The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency announced Saturday’s executions, saying they included those “convicted of various crimes, including the murdering of innocent men, women and children.”

The kingdom also said some of those executed were members of al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and also backers of Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015 in neighbouring Yemen in an effort to restore the internationally recognized government to power.

Those executed included 73 Saudis, seven Yemenis and one Syrian. The report did not say where the executions took place.

The Saudi Press Agency said:

The kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world.

The report did not say how the prisoners were executed, though death-row inmates typically are beheaded in Saudi Arabia.

An announcement by Saudi state television described those executed as having “followed the footsteps of Satan” in carrying out their crimes.

The executions drew immediate international criticism.

Ali Adubusi, the director of the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, alleged that some of those executed had been tortured and faced trials “carried out in secret.”

The kingdom’s last mass execution came in January 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shiite cleric who had rallied demonstrations in the kingdom.

In 2019, the kingdom beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly nailed the severed body and head of a convicted extremist to a pole as a warning to others. Such crucifixions after execution, while rare, do occur in the kingdom.

More: ABC News

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22 Comments

inini 5 months ago

chekai zv****sungata izvo musoro.


Jinx 5 months ago

Vanhu veku middle east vanhu Hondo muropa mmm


shava 5 months ago

unenge usati wasangana nazvo
kufa kwemunhu haisi nyaya diki


Figo 5 months ago

@least now I can say I am very blessed to be Zimbabwean


BeeMan 5 months ago

mmmmm The number is too big


Tinmike 5 months ago

Very interesting considering we never heard what happened to those that butchered and dismembered prominent journalist Jamal kashoggi


Davis Phiri 5 months ago

They care less because he was not in their payroll these western hypocrites. And they come and teach us on human rights democracy rule of law freedom of speech ect. And we fall for it hook line and sinker. Shame

Sir tindo 5 months ago

Uko ndokuna Satan manje uko kuurayana cht avatane


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Mohammed 5 months ago

we kill like nobody s business... yeah, if you go against us you deserve to die


cute 5 months ago

that kind of punishment is needed in zim to stop big fishes from milking our resources.corruption is to much and not forgetting those from that political party which kill others.


Shadows 5 months ago

Proud to be a Zimbabwean. Under the leadership of ED. Kuita kusununguka chaiko. Kwete zvekuurayana izvo.
Zanupf woyeeeeeee


Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 5 months ago

Iɴ Zɪᴍ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ ☠︎︎ᵐᵃʳᵃᵛᵃᶻᵃ

. 5 months ago

Z i d u z v i

Davis Phiri 5 months ago

Zionist are killing. Saude are killing and no condemnation from uncle Sam and the so-called Human rights organisations. As long you please uncle Sam you can kill as many of your country men no problem


Maravaza 5 months ago

☠︎︎ᵐᵃʳᵃᵛᵃᶻᵃ


Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

This is right, ED must adopt this ma CCC ese must be executed


Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

This is right, ED must adopt this ma CCC ese must be executed


Vybz Kartel 4 months ago

Allah knows best


Wrld boss 4 months ago

Punishment yedeath ma1


Wrld boss 4 months ago

Punishment yedeath ma1


Wrld boss 4 months ago

Punishment yedeath ma1


Kudzi 4 months ago

faq u!!



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