Saudi Arabia executes suspected rebel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed a man who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in an anti-government rebellion by the minority Shiites. Amnesty International denounced that the trial was “deeply flawed”.

According to the human rights group, it was unclear whether 26-year-old Mustafa bin Hashim bin Isa al-Darwish was executed for crimes committed when he was a minor. Amnesty said he was arrested in 2015 for his alleged involvement in riots between 2011 and 2012.

The charge sheet does not specify the dates that his alleged crimes occurred, which means he could have been 17 at the time or just turned 18.

The government maintains that al-Darwish was convicted and executed for crimes committed when he was over 19 years old, but did not provide specific dates for his alleged crimes.

Last year, the kingdom stopped its practice of executing people for crimes committed when they were minors.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that al-Darwish was executed after being convicted of participating in the formation of an armed terrorist cell that sought to kill policemen, including high-ranking officers, attack police patrol cars and manufacture Molotov cocktails to launch against. the agents.

Other charges included allegations that al-Darwish participated in an armed rebellion against the government and caused chaos and sectarian strife. The crimes allegedly occurred in the Eastern Province, where most of Saudi oil is concentrated and which is home to a significant Shiite population. The execution took place in Dammam, the administrative capital of the province.


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