Dubai-Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, executed 81 people convicted on Saturday for crimes ranging from murder to belonging to a militant group.
The number of executions exceeded the victims of the January 1980 mass executions of 63 militants convicted of occupying the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979. This is the worst radical attack in history targeting kingdoms and Islamic sanctuaries.
It was not clear why the kingdom chose Saturday for executions, but world attention continued to focus on Russia’s Ukrainian war. The number of death sentences in Saudi Arabia decreased during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the kingdom continued to be convicted under King Salman and his assertive son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency announced Saturday’s execution, including those “convicted of various crimes, including the killing of innocent men, women and children.”
The kingdom also said that some of the executed people were members of al-Qaeda, an Islamic State group, and supporters of the Houthi rebels in Yemen. An internationally recognized government in power.
73 Saudis, 7 Yemenis and 1 Syrian were executed.
“The defendant was given the right to counsel and was guaranteed full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process. As a result, he committed numerous heinous crimes and killed numerous civilians and law enforcement officers. I did, “said Saudi News. The press said.
“The Kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and radical idealism that threaten global stability,” the report added. Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi state television announcement described those who were executed “following the footsteps of Satan” in committing their crimes.
The final mass death penalty for the kingdom took place in January 2016, with 47 opponents sentenced to death, including a prominent Sheer priest who rallyed demonstrations in the kingdom.
In 2019, Saudi Arabia led 37 Saudi citizens, most of whom were minority Shiites and were mass-murdered nationwide on suspicion of terrorism-related crimes.
The seizure of the Grand Mosque in 1979 continues to be an important moment in the history of the oil-rich kingdom.
A group of ultra-conservative Sunni radicals in Saudi Arabia occupied the Grand Mosque, home of the cubic Kaaba, where Muslims pray for five times a day, and demanded the abdication of the Arsaud royal family. The next two weeks of siege ended with official deaths. 229 people were killed. The rulers of the kingdom soon embraced the ultra-conservative Islamic doctrine of Wahabism.
Since taking power, under his father, Crown Prince Mohammed has increasingly liberalized life in the kingdom, opened cinemas, and encouraged women to drive and incite the once-feared religious police of the country. Made possible.
However, US intelligence believes it also ordered the killing and dismantling of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashogi while the Crown Prince oversaw the airstrikes in Yemen, which killed hundreds of civilians.
In an excerpt from an interview with Atlantic magazine, the Crown Prince discussed the death penalty and said that the “high percentage” of executions was suspended by the payment of so-called “blood money” settlements to sad families.
“I’ve removed all but one category of the death penalty. It’s written in the Quran and if you want to do something, you can’t do anything because it’s a clear teaching. Later owned by Saudi Arabia. According to records published by the satellite news channel Al-Arabiya, in the Quran, “said the prince.
“If someone kills someone, another person, that person’s family, has the right to apply the death penalty after going to court, unless they allow him, or someone of many people. If life-threatening, it means he has to be sentenced to death. “
“I don’t have the power to change it, whether I like it or not,” he added.