Saudi Arabia to behead more than 50 people convicted of terrorism

November 27, 2015
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Saudi Arabia is planning to execute dozens of people who have been convicted of "terrorist crimes" in the country.

They are thought to include Shia who took part in anti-government protests.

One newspaper in Saudi Arabia reported that those facing execution in the coming days included "al-Qaeda terrorists" and people from the Awamiya area.

The "al-Qaeda terrorists" were accused of attempting to overthrow the government. 

The Awamiya residents were meanwhile convicted of sedition, attacks on security personnel and interference in neighbouring Bahrain, according to a BBC report.

Reports from news agencies in Saudi Arabia said that over fifty people would die soon, a claim which has triggered outcry from human rights group Amnesty International.

The group believes at least 151 people have been put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year - the highest recorded figure since 1995.

In 2014, the total number of executions carried out was reported to be 90.

 

 

 

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