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Saudi Arabia executes seven for terrorism-related crimes

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Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the execution of seven individuals for crimes linked to "terrorism," marking the highest number of executions in a single day in the Gulf kingdom since the execution of 81 people in March 2022.

According to several organizations, executions have significantly increased since King Salman came to power in 2015 © Mena Today 

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the execution of seven individuals for crimes linked to "terrorism," marking the highest number of executions in a single day in the Gulf kingdom since the execution of 81 people in March 2022.

The seven individuals, whose nationality was not specified but whose names suggest they could be Saudis, were convicted of "establishing and financing terrorist organizations and entities... with the aim of undermining the security and stability of society," reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citing a statement from the Ministry of Interior.

Arrested between December 2019 and January 2022, they were executed in Riyadh, with their death sentences confirmed by the Specialized Appeals Court and the Supreme Court, the SPA added.

The oil-rich monarchy is among the countries that most frequently apply the death penalty. In 2023, 170 people were executed there, up from 147 the previous year. A record of 187 executions was recorded in 2019. In March 2022, the execution of 81 individuals in a single day, all for terrorism-related crimes, sparked international outcry.

Saudi authorities, however, maintain that the executions, usually by beheading, are "in accordance with Sharia (Islamic law)" and necessary to "maintain public order." 

According to several organizations, executions have significantly increased since King Salman came to power in 2015, subsequently handing over control to his son, Mohammed bin Salman.

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