Body of crucified criminals in Saudi Arabia was publicly displayed-photos

The body of Khaled bin Abdel Karim al-Tuwaijri was publicly pinned to a pole in the medieval desert kingdom

THE body of a crucified criminal was put on public display in Saudi Arabia after the mass execution of 37 men, it has been reported.

While those killed in the medieval bloodbath were convicted of “terrorism offences”, human rights experts claim most were sentenced in “sham trials.”

 A majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by public beheading
A majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by public beheading

Acccording to the Interior Ministry, the body of one of the executed men Khaled bin Abdel Karim al-Tuwaijri was publicly pinned to a pole.

The statement did not say in which city of Saudi Arabia the macabre display took place.

He appears to have been convicted as a Sunni militant, though the government did not give a detailed explanation of the charges against each individual executed.

According to the Middle East Eye, the man’s body was put on public display as a terrifying warning to others.

The men were charged with “adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells”  – however it has since emerged that some were arrested for simply attending anti-government protests.

MEDIEVAL BRUTALITY

The killings were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shiite

Three of the prisoners were children when they were sentenced to death.

The slaughter of mainly minority Shiites is likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi dissident Ali Al-Ahmed, who runs the Gulf Institute in Washington, identified 34 of those executed as Shiites based on the names announced by the Interior Ministry.

“This is the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history,” he said.

SHAM TRIALS

Amnesty International said they were convicted “after sham trials” that relied on confessions extracted through torture.

It marked the largest number of executions in a single day in Saudi Arabia since January 2, 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people for terrorism-related crimes.

The Interior Ministry’s statement said those executed had adopted extremist ideologies and formed terrorist cells with the aim of spreading chaos and provoking sectarian strife.

It said the individuals had been found guilty according to the law and ordered executed by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh, which handles terrorism trials, and the country’s high court.

Amnesty International said 11 of the men were convicted of spying for Iran and sentenced to death after a “grossly unfair trial”.

At least 14 others executed were convicted of violent offences related to their participation in anti-government demonstrations in Shiite-populated areas of Saudi Arabia between 2011 and

The killings brings the number of people executed since the start of the year to around 100, according to official announcements.

Last year, the kingdom executed 149 people, most of them drug smugglers convicted of non-violent crimes, according to Amnesty’s most recent figures.

 The body of one man was put on display as a terrifying warning. Pictured the bodies of five Yemeni men killed in Saudi
The body of one man was put on display as a terrifying warning. Pictured the bodies of five Yemeni men killed in Saudi
 A man is brutally flogged by uniformed guards in Saudi Arabia
A man is brutally flogged by uniformed guards in Saudi Arabia
 The hardline kingdom has a long and sickening tradition of public executions
The hardline kingdom has a long and sickening tradition of public executions

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