Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People in a Single Day

Saudi Arabia has executed 81 people in a single day (free link), the most in its history.

Most of those executed on Saturday were Saudis, according to the interior ministry. More than half were from the minority Shiite Muslim population, which has a history of militancy and protest against discrimination. Seven were Yemeni nationals and one was Syrian.

The Saudi Government did not specify the method of execution. Gulf News reports 37 of the men were Saudis who had been found guilty of attempting to assassinate security officers.

According to the Saudi Press Agency: [More...]

Crimes committed by these individuals also include pledging allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Houthis, targeting residents in the Kingdom and traveling to regional conflict zones to join terrorist organizations.

To assure everyone that the men had been fairly convicted and sentenced, the Press Agency adds:

The aforementioned individuals were arrested, tried in Saudi courts, through trials overseen by a total of 13 judges over 3 separate stages of trial for each individual. The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process, which found them guilty of committing multiple heinous crimes that left a large number of civilians and law enforcement officers dead.

The watchdog group, European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, disagrees, saying in many of the 81 cases, not a single drop of blood was spilled. And among the cases it had been able to document,

[I]t had found no charges that merited the death penalty under the criteria that Saudi Arabia has made public. Some of the charges were related to participation in human rights demonstrations, the group said.

And contrary to the Saudi Government's claim, the group said:

[I]t had documented cases in which defendants had been denied access to a lawyer, tortured and held incommunicado.

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    This cant be good (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 08:35:07 AM EST

    did not specify the method of execution.

    They frequently (none / 0) (#3)
    by Zorba on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 10:32:45 AM EST
    use beheading with a sword as the method of execution.

    Probably at least as humane (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 10:37:17 AM EST
    as some of our botched chemical executions.

    I was thinking more like (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 10:38:23 AM EST
    stoneing.  Always seemed a pretty horrible way to go.

    Yes, it (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 02:14:31 PM EST
    No doubt is.
    But so is, for instance, drawing and quartering. Among many other ways humans kill people.

    Maybe these (none / 0) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 10:22:46 AM EST
    executions explain why the Bone Saw Prince did not take President Biden's phone calls as he rallied nations in support of Ukraine. And, for discussions on an increase in oil production so as to replace, in part, Russian oil.

    Perhaps, the executions even took priority over speaking to President Biden over their grips on Yemen, Iran, and immunity for the Bone Saw Prince. N

    This makes you (none / 0) (#7)
    by MKS on Sun Mar 13, 2022 at 09:33:32 PM EST
    question the theory of evolution.

    People are still this brutal?  

    And, it is just so plan stupid...all this violence.  It is hard to create....to destroy is all so easy and stupid.....  

    Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People (none / 0) (#8)
    by Yoyok on Mon Mar 14, 2022 at 03:23:26 AM EST
    I hope this is the best way to deal with the crimes that occur in the country

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#9)
    by jmacWA on Mon Mar 14, 2022 at 04:59:20 AM EST
    South Carolina (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 19, 2022 at 08:03:23 AM EST

    South Carolina is now prepared to carry out executions by firing squad," the Greenville News reports.

    "Once approval comes from the state Supreme Court, the death sentences facing the state's 35 death-row inmates can follow."


    Abolish the death penalty (none / 0) (#11)
    by jonkatz6 on Sun Mar 20, 2022 at 05:54:57 AM EST
    Saudi Arabia continues to be a leading executioner. It will be great when the death penalty is abolished throughout the United States.

    Patriots to Saudis (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 21, 2022 at 07:26:33 AM EST
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration has transferred a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia within the past month, fulfilling Riyadh's urgent request for a resupply amid sharp tensions in the relationship, senior U.S. officials said.

    The transfers sought to ensure that Saudi Arabia is adequately supplied with the defensive munitions it needs to fend off drone and missile attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen, one of the officials said.

    The Saudi military had been appealing to the U.S. since late last year for more Patriot interceptors---missiles used to shoot down airborne weapons--warning that their supply was running dangerously low.