Amnesty urges Saudi to halt execution of 2 Bahraini men

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NICOSIA — Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of two Bahraini men accused of terrorism-related crimes, as use of the death penalty spikes in the conservative kingdom.اضافة اعلان

Saudi Arabia has already executed 120 people so far this year, according to an AFP tally. That total includes 81 put to death on a single day in March, all for terrorism-related offences. It is also nearly double the 65 total executions recorded in 2021, which itself was more than double the total for 2020, Amnesty said in a report Tuesday analyzing use of the death penalty worldwide.

Amnesty highlighted the cases of Jaafar Mohammad Sultan and Sadeq Majeed Thamer, two Shiite men from neighboring Bahrain, whose death sentences were upheld by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court last month. Amnesty said the pair “are at imminent risk of execution”.

The sentences were handed down in October 2021 after a “grossly unfair” trial, and the men have testified “that they were tortured and that their so-called confessions were extracted under duress”, Amnesty said. A Saudi government spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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