Saudi embassy in Cairo says judiciary 'independent' after execution of 47

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jan 2016

The executions, which were criticised by a number of international figures and leaders, led to protests by Shias in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain and Iran

Saudi embassy in Cairo (Reuters)
Saudi embassy in Cairo (Reuters)

The Saudi embassy in Cairo stressed Sunday the “independence and integrity” of its judiciary following the Saturday execution of 47 convicted of “terrorism,” including prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr.

The embassy, in a statement, added that the verdicts were issued regardless of the “ethnic identity or ideologies” of the convicted.

It added that the verdicts were based solely on the terrorist acts of the convicted that "led to the deaths of many innocent individuals."

Those executed include an Egyptian and a Chadian. The rest are all Saudis.

The executed also included Sunnis who had been convicted of involvement in deadly 2003 and 2004 Al-Qaeda attacks that killed Saudis and foreigners in the kingdom.

The executions, which were criticised by a number of international figures and leaders, led to protests by Shias in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain and Iran.

Both the Saudi embassy and consulate were ransacked in Iran Saturday night.

Egypt’s foreign ministry released a statement Sunday condemning the attack on the Saudi embassy. Saudi Arabia is one of Egypt's staunchest allies in the region.

The statement stressed the need to respect "the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic and consular missions and the safety of personnel.”

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