Saudi Arabia executes 7 over ‘terrorism’ offences in 1 day, largest execution in years

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Seven Saudi men were executed on Tuesday, the highest number put to death in one day since 81 were killed in March 2022, Middle East Eye reported.

Citing the Interior Ministry, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) convicted the men on terrorism charges, accusing them of betraying “their homeland, threatening its stability and endangering its security.

The men’s names were listed in the SPA announcement, which is often the only information released about executions in the kingdom, but with little further detail.

Riyadh has now executed 31 people this year, after putting at least 172 people to death in 2023, rights groups monitoring executions in Saudi Arabia have said.

There were no public records or media reporting of any of the cases of the men executed on Tuesday, the European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) and UK-based Reprieve told Middle East Eye.

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