Saudi Arabia executes 81 men in one day.

Written by on March 12, 2022

Saudi Arabia says it executed 81 men on Saturday – more than during the whole of last year.

The state news agency SPA said the group – including seven Yemenis and one Syrian national – were convicted of “multiple heinous crimes”, including terrorism.

Some were charged with belonging to the Islamic State group (IS), al-Qaeda or the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Rights organisations say many do not receive fair trials in Saudi Arabia, an allegation the government rejects.

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world – fifth in a list compiled by Amnesty International, the other four being China, Iran, Egypt and Iraq. It executed 69 people last year.

Seun Fakorede

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