Saudi Arabia says it has executed 81 convicts in single day

AP , Saturday 12 Mar 2022

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of a variety of crimes, including killings and belonging to militant groups, in the largest mass execution conducted by the kingdom in recent memory.

Saudi court
File Photo: Saudi court in Riyadh. AFP

The state-run Saudi Press Agency announced the executions, saying they included those "convicted of various crimes, including the murdering of innocent men, women and children.''

The kingdom also said some of those executed were members of Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group and backers of Yemen's Houthi rebels.

"The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process, which found them guilty of committing multiple heinous crimes that left a large number of civilians and law enforcement officers dead,'' the Saudi Press Agency said.

"The kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world,'' the report added.

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