At least 52, including six Shia Muslim activists, to be executed in Saudi Arabia
November 27, 2015, 23:40:06 CET | Wikinews

File photo of Dira Square, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where public executions are carried out under Sharia Law. (Image: Luke Richard Thompson.)
James Lynch, Middle East and North Africa deputy director of Amnesty International, said Saudi Arabia was settling "political scores" under "the guise of counter-terrorism."

The three Shias, Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher, and Hussein al-Marhoon, said they have confessed to their supposed criminal acts under torture, according to Lynch.

More than 150 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2015, while only 90 were executed a year ago in 2014, said Amnesty International.

This news came after Saudi-born Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh was convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia, which Human Rights Watch researcher Adam Coogle called an example of Saudi Arabia’s “complete intolerance for anyone who may not share government-mandated religious, political, and social views."

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