Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

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Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by Cam Nivag » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:14 pm

Sounds like a fun place.

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19 August 2014 Last updated at 10:39

Saudi Arabia executes four for hashish possession

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have executed four members of the same extended family for drugs possession.

The two sets of brothers were killed on Monday in the south-eastern city of Najran after being convicted of receiving large quantities of hashish.

The case against them was reportedly based on confessions extracted under torture, Amnesty International said.

There had been a "disturbing" surge in the use of the death penalty in the kingdom, the human rights group added.

There have been 17 executions in the past two weeks, compared with 17 in the previous six months.

In 2013, the Saudi authorities executed at least 79 people, three of whom were under 18 at the time of the crimes for which they were condemned.

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The four executed men - Hadi al-Mutlaq, Awad al-Mutlaq, Mufrih al-Yami and Ali al-Yami - were arrested and detained by the interior ministry's General Directorate of Investigations on several occasions after their alleged offence in 2007, Amnesty said.

They were reportedly tortured during interrogation, including with beatings and sleep deprivation, in order to extract false confessions.

Amnesty said it had been contacted by their family on Thursday amid fears that their executions were imminent.

It sought further information on the case, but within hours was informed that the family had been warned by interior ministry officials to stop contacting the group.

"This apparent intimidation and surveillance of victims of human rights violations and activists adds another sinister layer to Saudi Arabia's use of the death penalty," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa programme deputy director Said Boumedouha.

"It is clear evidence that the authorities are willing to go to extreme lengths to prevent reports of gross human rights violations in the country from reaching the outside world."

The interior ministry said the men had been found guilty by three courts, including an appeals court.

The Saudi authorities have also repeatedly denied practising torture.
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by HotRecruiter » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:45 pm

Cleaning house. Happens everywhere, even in Thailand before.

Locals tend to know who the bad apples are, and know not to hang out with them.

I doubt they were all innocent. By the way, now did the journo know they were false confessions?
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:51 pm

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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by Sailorman » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:18 pm

I heard recently that there are something like 4000 Saudi prince's that live the high life and a vast majority of Saudi's live near or at the poverty level. Anyone hear this before? They execute by beheading don't they? Wonderful country and religion. Not!

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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:56 pm

no saudis live in poverty- they get generous stipends.
guaranteed higher education and jobs for all who want them. those who don't want to work- they just get paid.
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by Satiated Parrot » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:34 pm

I heard a lot live in poverty.
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Post by StroppyChops » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:49 pm

Satiated Parrot wrote:I heard a lot live in poverty.
Is it Dubai in which every citizen receives a massive cash 'bonus' from the nation every year... ?
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by frank lee bent » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:58 am

Damn- you guys are right- I retract my ill informed statement
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by OrangeDragon » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:23 am

Execution by beheading sounds a lot nicer than execution by being turned into a moth who found it's way to a bug zapper light, choking to death on poison gas or feeling a chemical induced heart attack.

One quick lop and it's over.
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Re: Saudi Arabia Executes Four for Drug Possession

Post by General Mackevili » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:12 am

If you want a good laugh, check out some of these random items that are prohibited from importing to Saudi Arabia. They include some really funny things, like 6-point stars, toys that make a laughing sound, plus a lot of really random things.

I am NOT going to have fun there, LoL.

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