Saudi Arabia Executes 12 With Swords Despite Crown Prince’s Promise To Cut Back

FILE - In this image released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets President Joe Biden with a fist bump after his arrival at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022.  (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

At a glance

  • Saudi Arabia has executed 12 people in 10 days despite the Crown Prince’s promise to cut down on such form of punishment, according to a human rights organisation.
  • Reprieve said the defendants, all males, were sentenced to death after being imprisoned for non-violent drug offences.
  • According to the non-profit organisation, which gathered data on this week’s executions, most of the defendants were beheaded with a sword.
  • Three of the men executed were Pakistani, four Syrian, two Jordanian and three Saudi, Reprieve said.

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