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Saudi executions reach a new high

SAUDI ARABIA executed 184 people last year, including at least three who were minors when arrested, a human-rights charity revealed yesterday.

The gruesome tally is the highest since Reprieve began tracking executions there six years ago.

Of those executed, 88 were Saudi nationals, 90 were foreign and six were of unknown nationality.

On April 23, the Kingdom executed 37 people in a single day, including at least three who were children at the time of their alleged offences.

At least another three juveniles remain on death row and are at risk of imminent execution.

Reprieve director Maya Foa said: “This is another grim milestone for Mohammed Bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia.

“The Kingdom’s rulers clearly believe they have total impunity to flout international law when it suits them.

“A country that tortures and executes children should be a pariah state, not preparing to host the next meeting of the G20.”

Despite the Crown Prince’s claim of trying to minimise the death penalty, the number of executions under Mr bin Salman’s rule has continued to rise, with four executions in 2020 already.

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