Reprieve: 14 Saudis face imminent execution for protesting

 

 

A leading rights group has called on the US and UK governments to stop Saudi Arabia from executing 14 people who face death based on evidence gathered under torture.  

Reprieve, which is based in London, said all 14 people were sentenced by the controversial Specialized Criminal Court, which used confessions extracted through torture as the basis for convictions.

Nearly all were charged with offenses related to attending protests, Reprieve said.

Among those facing imminent execution are Munir al-Adam, who is half-deaf and partially-blind, and Mujtaba'a al-Sweikat, who was only 17 when he was sentenced to death.

The rights group called on US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May to urge the new Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to halt the executions.

 

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