Saudis ex­e­cute six peo­ple in one day

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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

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