Saudi Arabia executes two men amid spike in death penalty

Saudi Arabia, one of the countries with the highest use of the death penalty, executed two men on Saturday, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom to six since the start of the year, the agency reported. Saudi official.

The former was found guilty of attempting to blow up an oil installation and shooting several members of the security forces, the SPA agency said, without giving details of the date or the toll of possible victims. of the attack.

A second man was executed after being found guilty of forcibly committing an act of lewd sodomy on minors, the agency said.

Both executions were carried out in the Mecca region in the west of the country. They bring to six the number of killings since the beginning of the year in Saudi Arabia.

Four people accused of kidnapping and killing a man were executed three days ago in the Al-Baha region in the southwest.

More than 1,000 death sentences have been carried out since King Salman and his son Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, came to power in 2015, according to a report by the British organization Reprieve and the Saudi European Human Rights Organization. Man, published at the beginning of the year.

The number of executions in the wealthy Gulf monarchy has fallen from an average of 70.8 per year between 2010 and 2014 to 129.5 per year since the current king came to power in 2015, according to the same source.

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