Saudi Arabia executes 47 people as 'terrorists'
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Officials said the executions were not done in public. Saudi cleric Sharia Law and said the executions prevented the accused from committing further crime, calling it a form of "mercy".in justifying the executions cited Saudi Arabia's interpretation of
Some of those executed were reportedly Al-Qaeda militants behind terrorist attacks. Before the executions, an Al-Qaeda branch from Yemen threatened Saudi authorities with violence if they executed their members.
Among those executed was a Shi'a Muslim cleric who criticized both the and that of ; he condemned Bahrain's suppression of protests with Saudi aid. He reportedly avoided advocating violence. He was convicted of causing violence against authorities, and a Saudi court rejected his appeal of his conviction this past year. His execution led to condemnation from Iranian officials, who had previously said it "would cost Saudi Arabia dearly".
When news broke the 47 were to be executed, in November, regional Amnesty International director James Lynch said Saudi Arabia was settling "political scores" under "the guise of counter-terrorism."
The organization said at least 150 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2015, while only 90 were executed a year ago in 2014.
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