Saudis execute six people in one day
Saudi Arabia executed six people for murder and drug offences this week, which is believed to be the highest number in a single day since the year began.
Saudi authorities have officially put to death 44 people this year. Many more may have been killed extrajudicially. According to the country’s interior minister, five of the individuals executed on Monday were Saudi nationals. The sixth individual was a Pakistani who was executed for drug trafficking. The five Saudi nationals were killed for homicide.
Home to Islamic holy sites in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia boasts one of the highest execution rates in the world. With Wahhabist forms of Sharia law forming the bedrock of the country’s penal code, the Muslim kingdom has modelled its legal system in a manner consistent with literalist interpretations of the Quran.
The kingdom has one of the highest execution rates in the world, handing down the death penalty for terror, murder, rape, armed robbery and drugtrafficking crimes.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia executed a record number of 158 people. Last year, it executed 153 people, a slight decrease.
A June report by human rights organisation Reprieve found that 41% of those executed in Saudi Arabia this year were killed for non-violent acts such as attending political protests. The group said it was concerned migrant workers in the country were being tricked into smuggling drugs and then executed.
UN experts have called for an end to executions for non-violent offences, but authorities claim the death penalty acts as a useful deterrent to criminals.
The most common form of execution in the kingdom, which enforces ultraconservative Islamic laws, are beheadings by sword.
– The Dailywire