A man is standing in front of signs showing portraits of the King of Saudi Arabia’s Salman bin Abdulaziz and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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Saudi Arabia executed 37 men, almost all of the country’s minority Asian communities, on terrorist-related crimes, announced the state’s official press office Tuesday. The murders, which were carried out in several cities, including Riyadh, Mecca and Medina, are considered to be the largest mass execution of the Shiites in the history of the Sunni majority country. The majority of those carried out, according to Amnesty International, were “convicted of sham trial violations of international fair trial standards which invoked torture extracts”.
“The individuals were found to be required to attack security installations with explosives, kill a number of security officers, and collaborate with enemy organizations against the interests of the country,” said the Interior Ministry, “according to the Associated Press. “Executions are traditionally performed after dinner prayers. Public exhibitions of the accomplished human bodies last for about three hours until late afternoon prayers, with the cut off head and body hoisted up on a pole overlooking a square.”
In addition to the cruel beheaders, a man was crossed after being beheaded, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement. “Executions are usually performed by housing,” the BBC reports. “The crucifixion after an enforcement is reserved for crimes that the authorities see as even more serious.” According to Amnestin, the Saudi regime has carried out at least 104 people so far this year, a dramatic increase in the number of executions from the previous year. The rise that AP notes is likely to be related to US support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s regime. “The Kingdom and its Sunni-led Arab allies have also been urged by US President Donald Trump’s unanswered commitment to squeeze Iran’s Shiite leadership leadership, including his decision to withdraw a nuclear agreement with Iran and reinstate penal sanctions to offend his economy”, notes the Associated Press.