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SAUDI ARABIA: 8 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 2003 RIYADH ATTACK

April 21, 2014: A Saudi court sentenced eight people to death and 77 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago, the official press agency said.
In the May 2003 attacks, militants shot and bombed their way into the three compounds in Riyadh. The assault left 35 people dead, including eight Americans and nine attackers.
The Riyadh bombings prompted the kingdom to launch a sweeping crackdown on al-Qaida militants, who officials say were behind the synchronized attack. The verdicts reflect a renewed push by Saudi authorities, who have issued several similar verdicts in recent months against militants accused of carrying out attacks in the kingdom or taking part in conflicts abroad.
The official Saudi Press Agency reported Monday that Riyadh's Specialized Criminal Court sentenced three people to death. The court, which was created to handle terrorism cases, also ordered 40 defendants to serve prison terms ranging from two to 35 years.
A day earlier, the same court handed down five death sentences, while 37 others were given prison terms ranging from three to 35 years.
All were charged for either taking part or abetting in the attacks. The defendants have 30 days to appeal. Their nationalities were not immediately disclosed. The case involves 85 defendants in total. (Sources: AP, 21/04/2014)

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY OF KILLER IN FUJAIRAH
GAZA STRIP: KHAN YUNIS COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE ISSUES NEW DEATH SENTENCE
TAIWAN: FIVE DEATH-ROW INMATES EXECUTED
IRAN: 'BLOOD MONEY' SAVED 358 FROM DEATH PENALTY
EGYPT: 683 ISLAMISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH, ANOTHER 492 DEATH SENTENCES REVERSED
MALDIVES: DEATH PENALTY REGULATIONS ENACTED
IRAN: 3 MEN CONVICTED OF KILLING PROSECUTOR HANGED
IRAN: MAN HANGED PUBLICLY IN SEMNAN OVER RAPE CHARGES
IRAN: 4 KURDISH POLITICAL PRISONERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED FOR MURDER
FLORIDA (USA): ROBERT HENDRIX EXECUTED
MISSOURI (USA): MAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING COUPLE ON FARM TO STEAL THEIR COWS
NIGERIA: SHARIA COURT SENTENCES MAN TO BE STONED FOR RAPING AND INFECTING A MINOR
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VIETNAM: AMERICAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN
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JORDAN: LOWER HOUSE ADOPTS ANTI-TERRORISM BILL, KEEPS DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: 6 AFGHANS EXECUTED
BELARUS: CONVICTED MURDERER EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: 4 DEATH-ROW CONVICTS ACQUITTED
IRAN: KURDISH POLITICAL PRISONER HANGED IN KERMANSHAH
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS, INCLUDING THREE JUVENILE OFFENDERS, HANGED IN BANDAR ABBAS
NEW HAMPSHIRE (USA): DEATH PENALTY REPEAL FAILS BY 1 VOTE
MALAYSIA: PENANG HAWKER TO HANG FOR MURDER
SAUDI ARABIA: A MAN BEHEADED FOR MURDER IN RIAD
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