Saudi Arabia May Top Record Number Of Executions After Killing 43 People This Year

Saudi Arabia May Top Record Number Of Executions After Killing 43 People This Year

Saudi Arabia is on course for a record number of beheadings and crucifixions in 2019 if their executions continue at the present rate.

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already executed 43 people in the first three months of this year – the most recent being a Syrian man who was put to death on March 13th for smuggling amphetamine pills.

If this rate continues, 172 will have been put to death by the end of the year – more than ever before.

So far, 21 people have been beheaded for drugs offences. But other crimes which carry the death penalty include adultery, renouncing Islam, treason, burglary as well as murder, terrorism, rape or espionage.

Despite an upward trend in the number of executions since 2000, Saudi Arabia is still in third place behind China and Iran, where between 249 and 285 people respectively were executed in 2018.

The figures were compiled by human rights groups such as Death Penalty Worldwide, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

In 2015 the authorities in Riyadh advertised for eight new executioners because it couldn’t keep up with the rising number of death sentences.

21 people have been put to death for drugs offences, mostly poor migrants.
Executions have doubled under new Saudi ruler Crown Prince bin Salman.

Credit- dailymail

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