IRAQ: SAUDI EXECUTED ON CONCOCTED CHARGES
February 7, 2016: Iraqi authorities executed in Baghdad a Saudi prisoner, Abdullah Azam Al-Qahtani, 35, on charges described by his family as fabricated.
Al-Qahtani had spent almost 13 years in the Iraqi prisons.
Rumors about the execution of Al-Qahtani were circulated many times in the past.
His family frequently criticized the sentences issued against their son. He was accused of bombing and robbing a commercial facility on a date when he was already detained by the Iraqi security forces in Anbar province of Iraq. But the Iraqi authorities refused to cancel the verdict or re-investigate the allegations against Al-Qahtani.
The same fate is awaiting another 11 Saudi prisoners: Mahmoud Al-Shanqiti, Fahd Al-Enzi, Mohammad Al-Obaid, Bader Al-Shammari, Majid Al-Baqmi, Faisal Al-Faraj, Faisal Al-Harbi, Ali Al-Shehri, Ali Al-Qahtani, Hamad Al-Yahya and Abdul Rahman Al-Qahtani. All are detained in Nasiriyah prison.
A local publication said the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad received the news about the execution of Al-Qahtani from the Iraqi authorities and embarked on the procedures to receive the body.
Mesfer Al-Qahtani, uncle of the deceased, said he received the news about the execution of his nephew in Baghdad.
āWe are very much shocked because the charges make no sense; they are irrational and his trial was unjust and unfair,ā he said.
He said the family is in touch with the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad to receive the body in the next couple of days in Riyadh. (Sources: ARAB NEWS, 09/02/2016)