SPA: Saudi Arabia Executes 81 Men for Terrorism, Other Charges

Voice of America News reports: “Saudi Arabia executed 81 men over the past 24 hours, including seven Yemenis and one Syrian national, on charges including terrorism and holding ‘deviant beliefs,’ state news agency SPA said Saturday.

The number dwarfed the 67 executions reported in the kingdom in all of 2021 and the 27 in 2020.

‘These individuals … were convicted of various crimes including murdering innocent men, women and children,’ SPA said, citing a statement from the interior ministry.

‘Crimes committed by these individuals also include pledging allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations, such as ISIS [Islamic State], al-Qaida and the Houthis,’ it added.

Some traveled to conflict zones to join ‘terrorist organizations,’ SPA said…”

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