SAUDI ARABIA: THREE PEOPLE BEHEADED IN KINGDOM'S LATEST EXECUTIONS
September 10, 2014: Saudi authorities beheaded three prisoners in the latest two days.
On September 10 a national was executed for murder, the interior ministry said, a day after a U.N. appeal for an immediate moratorium on their use of the death penalty.
Hussein Daghriri was executed in the southwestern province of Jizan after being sentenced to death for fatally stabbing fellow tribesman Nayef Daghriri in a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
His beheading brought to 49 the number of executions carried out in the desert kingdom this year, according to an Agence France Presse tally.
It came after U.N. independent experts called on Saudi Arabia on 9 September to implement an immediate moratorium.
"Despite several calls by human rights bodies, Saudi Arabia continues to execute individuals with appalling regularity and in flagrant disregard of international law standards," said Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
"The trials are by all accounts grossly unfair. Defendants are often not allowed a lawyer and death sentences were imposed following confessions obtained under torture."
On September 9, Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani convicted of drug trafficking and one of its own citizens for murder, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.
Saudi Bandar Khalaf al Enzi was found guilty of strangling a man to death during a dispute. He was executed in the north Hail region.
Pakistani Kamran Ghulam Abbas was executed in Khubar, in Eastern Province, after being convicted of smuggling a âlarge quantity of heroin,â the ministry said in a separate statement. (Sources: AFP, 10/09/2014)