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Saudi Arabia kills 81 people in the biggest slaughter

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) —Saudi Arabia 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 wasn’t clear why the kingdom chose Saturday for execution, but world attention continued to focus on Russia’s Ukraine war, with the United States hoping to lower its record high gasoline price as a global energy spike price. is. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also planning a trip to Saudi Arabia next week for oil prices.

The number of death sentences in Saudi Arabia declined during the coronavirus pandemic, but the kingdom was convicted under King Salman and his assertive son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I continued.

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 rights of a lawyer and was guaranteed full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process, resulting in the deaths of many civilians and law enforcement officers for committing numerous violent crimes. “The Saudi 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.

Executioners immediately called for international criticism.

Soraya Bauwens, Deputy Director of Reprieve, a London-based advocacy group, said:

The kingdom’s final mass death penalty took place in January 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shiite priest. A person who gathered demonstrations in the kingdom.

In 2019, the Kingdom led 37 Saudi citizensMost of them are Shiites, a minority, and have been 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, U.S. intelligence believes that the Crown Prince also ordered the killing and dismantling of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.While overseeing an airstrike 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 punished with the death penalty. “

“I don’t have the power to change it, whether I like it or not,” he added.


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