The government of Saudi Arabia announced this Saturday execution from 81 people convicted for belonging to the terrorist organizations Islamic State, Al Qaeda or the huthi insurgency on Yemenas well as other crimes punishable by death in the country, such as violation or the murder.
“The crimes committed by these people also include swearing allegiance to these foreign terrorist organizations,” the Arab country’s Interior Ministry reported. The Arab country considers the Houthis a “terrorist organization” and has executed its members for “for attacks on Arab citizens and traveling to regional conflict zones to join terrorist organizations.”
Among those convicted of “attacking government personnel and vital economic sites, killing law enforcement officers and mutilating their bodies, and planting landmines against police vehicles.” The sentences include crimes of kidnapping, torture, rape, arms smuggling and bomb attacks” against the Arab kingdom, according to the statement collected by the official Saudi news agency SPA.
The Ministry of the Interior has guaranteed that all the accused have been provided with the right to a lawyer as well as “all their rights under Saudi law during the judicial process”. The Kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world.”
Humanitarian organizations such as Amnesty International have denounced the policy of executions in Saudi Arabia, where the authorities increased the number of executions last year once the country’s presidency at the head of the G20 ended, with a total of 40 between January and July of this year , more than the total recorded in 2020, according to Amnesty.
In contrast, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights put the total number of executions in all of last year at 67, 148 percent more than in the previous year.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.