The Saudi authorities executed 37 Shiite Muslims who are mostly social activists, and some of them are religious studies students.
Among the executed are Ahmad Hasan Al-Rabea, Ahmad Hussein Al-Aradi, Ahmad Faisal Al-Darwish, Jaber Zuheir Al-Marhoun, Hussein Hassan Al-Rabea, Hussein Ali Al-Humaidi, Hussein Qasim al-Aboud, Hussein Mohammad Al-Muslim, Haydar Mohammad Al-Leif, Salem Abdollah Al-Harbi.
The Saudi Interior Ministr as usual, fabricated accusations claiming that the martyrs were subjected to capital punishment for their role in spreading “extremist ideologies and establishing terrorist cells”.
Amnesty International sounded the alarm over what it called a “shocking execution spree.” Amnesty further noted that one of the prisoners executed on Tuesday was a young Shia man who had not come of age at the time of his alleged offence.
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s Middle East research director, said that the men were convicted after “sham trials” and were forced to confess under torture.
“It is also yet another gruesome indication of how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from within the country’s Shia minority,” she said.
Source: Al-Manar English Website