Monday, March 4, 2013
Planned execution in Saudi Arabia of seven young men postponed
In October 2011 eight men from Bangladesh were beheaded in Saudi Arabia for an armed robbery of a warehouse.
Update - Seven men sentenced to death for crimes committed whilst underage, have had their executions postponed by Saudi Arabia’s royal family. Their cases are being reviewed following claims the men were tortured, threatened and their trial was unfair.
Saudi King Abdullah’s eldest son, Prince Faisal bin Abdel Aziz,thwe gorvernor of poor southern province of Asir the placer wre the seven roiginate fromç seems to have ordered a one-month postponement on the executions that were scheduled for Tuesday. He also promised a new investigation and a new trial to be carried out, one of 200 relatives and friends of the young men who gathered near the royal court told Reuters.
The seven men were facing a firing squad, with one to be publicly crucified for three days thereafter.
According to a Saudi security official cited by AP, King Abdullah met with families of the seven accused on Sunday and later said he would review the sentences.
The group of seven men was arrested as part of 23-member ring for stealing from jewelry stores in 2004 and 2005 and has spent eight years in custody.
Saudi Arabia is scheduled to execute seven men on Tuesday for crimes committed when they were juveniles aged under 18, the British-based rights group Amnesty International said.
The seven were sentenced to death in 2009 for an armed robbery in 2006, but Amnesty quoted the men as saying they were tortured into confessions. It said King Abdullah ratified their sentences in February.
"They have since said they were severely beaten, denied food and water, deprived of sleep, forced to remain standing for 24 hours and then forced to sign 'confessions'," said Amnesty.
The last time the kingdom executed so many people at once was in October 2011, when eight Bangladeshi men were put to death for an armed robbery in which a guard was killed. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people so far this year, said Amnesty, compared to 82 in 2011 and a similar number last year.
The seven are from the southern province of Asir, one of the least developed in the kingdom.