Saudi Arabia Performs Largest Execution in Three Years
37 people have been beheaded, one person crucified and another person’s head was impaled on a spike in largest bloodbath in three years.
All 37 had been convicted of terrorism offences in the hardline kingdom. Those offences being “adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells” and harming the “peace and security of society” according to law-makers.
The killings were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shiite minority.
One of those that were executed were later crucified which is a punishment that is reserved for those that are deemed to have done serious offences.
It also publicly placed the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist on a spike as a warning to others.
Those executed had been involved in attacking a base killing a number of security officers, the Saudi Press Agency statement said.
The slaughter of mainly minority Shiites is likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.
According to Amnesty International, they were convicted “after sham trials” that relied on confessions extracted through torture. They went on to say that 11 of the men were convicted of spying for Iran and sentenced to death after a “grossly unfair trial”.
After today’s executions, it brings the total for this year to 100.
Have they taken it too far? I personally believe that if terrorists want to take blood in any country, they must be dealt with in a way that will show they will never bow down. You do not enter someone’s homeland with death in mind and expect not to be dealt with.