SAUDI ARABIA – On March 12th, Saudi Arabia authorities executed a total of 81 people after they had been convicted of several crimes, ranging from murders to being a part of militant groups.
The execution is believed to be the largest done in modern history.
Saudi Arabia just executed 81 people in the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom. Charges included holding “deviant beliefs”
Their crime was just that they were Shia,
May the curse of Allah be upon Aal e Saud and whoever supports them. pic.twitter.com/OsubD6rrSm
— Wali Bukhari. (@dheet_hun_bhae) March 13, 2022
Mass executions in Saudi Arabia are not unheard of.
They executed up to 63 people at a time in 1980 after those people had seized the Grande Mosque in Meccas in 1979. The 63 people are said to have conducted the worst militant attack on record against the Kingdom’s and Islam’s holiest site.
The state-run media of Saudi Arabia issued a press release on the mass executions, noting that not only were some of those killed convicted of murder but there were also a number of them that were convicted of being a part of al-Qaeda.
The press agency reported:
“The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process, which found them guilty of committing multiple heinous crimes that left a large number of civilians and law enforcement officers dead.
“The Kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world.”
Those who opposed the mass execution made allegations that the trials for those who were convicted were done “in secret.”
It’s something that concerns people like Soraya Bauwens, the Deputy Director of Reprieve, who alludes that the executions were somehow tied to the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
“The world should know by now that when Mohammed bin Salman promises reform, bloodshed is bound to follow.”
Today the Saudi regime executed 81 men, in the largest mass execution in its history.
Yet Boris Johnson is about to visit Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil.
If the government really cared about human rights, it would end its cosy relationship with the Saudis.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) March 12, 2022
Another who questions the legitimacy of the trials that led to the executions, Ali Adubusi, alleges that the people were tortured before being tried in “secret” courts. Adubusi, the Director of the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, said:
“These executions are the opposite of justice.”
Mass executions in Saudi Arabia seemingly occur every few years and were most recently reported in 2019 when the country beheaded 27 Saudi citizens, the majority of them were Shiites. Saudi Arabia reported that those who were executed were convicted of terrorism.
During this mass execution, authorities in the country wanted to relay a stiff message to everyone who dare defy their laws in a way seen mainly in the dark ages. By cutting off the head of the convicted person and nailing both the head and the body to a pole.
Biden Spokesman Clashes With Reporters After Refusing To Condemn Mass Execution By Saudi Arabia https://t.co/yYJPVAe0rY
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 15, 2022
While Crown Prince Mohammed is hated and feared by some, he is also praised for relaxing some of the archaic traditions in the country. He has worked to allow movie theatres in the country as well as allowing women to drive, something that had been illegal in the past.
Additionally, he has moved to relax some of the criminal sentencing guidelines of his kingdom while upholding the death penalty, stating that the Quran demands executions in certain circumstances. He is quoted as saying:
“Well about the death penalty, we got rid of all of it, except for one category, and this one is written in the Quran, and we cannot do anything about it, even if we wished to do something, because it is clear teaching in the Quran…
“If someone killed someone, another person, the family of that person has the right, after going to the court, to apply capital punishment, unless they forgive him.
Or if someone threatens the life of many people, that means he has to be punished by the death penalty…Regardless if I like it or not, I don’t have the power to change it.”
On Monday, December 20th, Yuma Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Chris Clem tweeted that the unidentified 21-year-old was apprehended near Yuma, Arizona on the evening of December 16th.
He was wearing a jacket for the Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Central Oneida County, located in upstate New York.
According to Clem, the 21-year-old migrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest. Clem, however, did not elaborate on the “Yemeni subjects of interest.”
According to Brandon Judd, the national president of the National Border Patrol Council, known or suspected terrorists encountered at land, air, and sea borders are reportedly turned over to other federal authorities for investigation. He said in a statement:
“When we apprehend somebody from a special-interest country, in all cases we immediately notify [Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations] and [Federal Bureau of Investigations]. HSI and FBI then determine what is done with that individual.”
The apprehension of the “potential terrorist” from Saudi Arabia comes amid a new surge of immigrants illegally crossing into the U.S. interior.
According to reports, Customs and Border Protection agents stopped more than 173,000 illegal immigrants in November, which was an increase of more than five percent over October’s numbers.
The number of arrests hit 213,593 in July, the most for a single month in at least 21 years, but then began to trend downward.
In August, the now former-national Border Patrol chief, Rodney Scott, said that they were catching people from the Terrorist Screening Database “at a level we have never seen before.”
Shortly after President Joe Biden took office in January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told members of Congress that federal law enforcement had stopped four people on the terror watch list.
A CBP news release about these specific encounters was then reportedly taken down from the government agency’s website just hours after going up.
The four terror watchlist matches represented a greater number than the average total seen in recent years.
Although several thousand people are denied entry to the U.S. at airports each year as a result of being on the list, it is unusual for such people to be encountered trying to get into the U.S. between land border crossings.
The four matches were citizens of Serbia and Yemen. At the time, a CBP spokesperson said in a statement:
“While encounters of known and suspected terrorists at our borders are very uncommon, they underscore the important of the critical work our agents carry out on a daily basis to vet all individuals encountered at our borders.”
The official added:
CBP adjudicates individuals encountered at and between our ports of entry against several classified and unclassified databases to determine if they pose a threat to national security, consistent with the law.”
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