NOBEL LAUREATES URGE SAUDI TO HOLD OFF ON EX­E­CU­TION OF 14 SHI­ITES

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

Dubai, UAE - Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned a let­ter urg­ing Saudi au­thor­i­ties to hold off on the ex­e­cu­tion of 14 Shi­ites con­victed of protest-linked crimes.

Fears are mount­ing of the im­mi­nent mass ex­e­cu­tion of the 14 Shi­ites con­victed of charges linked to protests in 2012, in­clud­ing ri­ot­ing, theft, rob­bery and re­bel­lion.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and Hu­man Rights Watch have ac­cused Saudi au­thor­i­ties of co­erc­ing con­fes­sions which were later re­tracted in court and of fail­ing to grant fair tri­als to de­fen­dants.

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