‘Brutal Display of Impunity’: Saudi Regime Executes 81 People in Single Day

“Just last week the crown prince told journalists he plans to modernize Saudi Arabia’s criminal justice system, only to order the largest mass execution in the country’s history.”

“More than half were from the minority Shiite Muslim population,” the Journal added. “The interior ministry didn’t disclose how the men were killed. Executions in the past have involved beheading by sword in the kingdom, which remains among the world’s top executioners despite recent efforts to curb the use of the death penalty.”

“Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism law criminalizes any form of dissent,” noted Rula Jebreal, a foreign policy analyst and a visiting professor at the University of Miami. “Peaceful activists, feminists, and critics are branded ‘terrorists’—evidence against them [is] extracted by torture.”

commondream ‘Brutal Display of Impunity’: Saudi Regime Executes 81 People in Single Day