Saturday, February 09, 2013

Saudi Arabia beheading nearly two people per week this year

"A spree of executions that has sent10 prisoners to their deaths since the beginning of the year in Saudi Arabia must be halted, Amnesty International said today.   The beheadings included the death of Abdullah Fandi al-Shammari on 5 February 2013 who had originally been convicted of manslaughter, but was tried again on the charge of murder in proceedings that did not meet fair trial standards.    The case has attracted significant attention in Saudi Arabia.  Al-Shammari was beheaded having spent over 30 years in prison.   “This case has thrown the country’s flawed justice system into especially sharp relief, highlighting the serious lack of transparency, patently unfair trials, and fatal results,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa. " (thanks Sana)