Saudi Arabia: 3 Soldiers Convicted Of “High Treason” Executed
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has executed three soldiers on charges of high treason and collaborating with the enemy.
According to the details, Saudi Arabia executed three soldiers on Saturday for “high treason” and “cooperation with the enemy,” the Saudi Defense Ministry said in a statement.
It said the three were sentenced to death by a special court after a fair and transparent trial.
The Defense Ministry did not name the alleged “enemy” but said the executions took place in the southern province bordering Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been fighting Houthi rebels for the past six years.
International human rights organizations have been scrutinizing the death penalty record in Saudi Arabia since the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the detention of women’s rights activists.
Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called on Saudi Arabia to suspend the use of the death penalty, citing violence and unfair treatment.
However, Saudi Arabia has denied allegations of wrongdoing by international organizations.
According to the Human Rights Commission, Saudi Arabia executed 27 people in 2020, the lowest number of executions in a single year in many years.
Saudi Arabia executed 185 criminals in 2019.
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