Saudi Arabia reportedly executed 37 citizens for ‘terrorism’. The men were executed “for adopting terrorist and extremist thinking and for forming terrorist cells to corrupt and destabilise security”, a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency said.
The sentences were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province, and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shia minority.
At least 100 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to a count based on official data released by SPA. The strong worded statement said that the ministry will spare no efforts to prevent attacks and will punish those, who dare to harm the security and safety of the people, according to the law.
The report said the executions were carried out by beheading and that two of the executed men’s bodies were publicly pinned to a poll for several hours in a process that is not frequently used by the kingdom and has sparked controversy for its grisly display. The government defends such executions as a powerful tool for deterrence.