SAUDI ARABIA: THREE MUSLIM CLERICS MAY BE EXECUTED
|Illustration by Amarjit Sidhu
September 19, 2018:
Three leading clerics in Saudi Arabia may be executed on charges of promoting an extremist agenda, rights activists claim, La Croix International reported on September 18, 2018. (Sources: international.la-croix.com, 18/09/2018)
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unleashed a relentless crackdown on dissent this year and prosecutors are now reportedly calling for the death penalty for the three men perceived as threats to national security, according to The Wall Street Journal.
One of them, Salman Al-Odah, has been detained since September 2017 based on charges related to some of his Twitter posts, the cleric’s son, Abdullah, revealed in a recent tweet, Bloomberg reports.
Al-Odah led an Islamic movement in his younger years that called for political reform. He is now in his 60s and has denounced the kind of views that saw him jailed in the 1990s for opposing the government.