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Saudi Arabia: beheading teenagers for taking part in demonstrations

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InceyWinceyette Wed 24-Apr-19 21:56:43

I can hardly bear to look at the mild, kind humorous, young face of Mujtaba Al Sweikat, he looks so like my nephew.Arrested as a teenager, on his way to study in Michigan, for the crime of attending demonstrations organised on WhatsApp, and beheaded yesterday.

Another, beheaded for similar 'crimes' he committed when he was 16.

Teenagers, tortured for months and then beheaded. In a one -day 'spree' of 37 executions, making a total of over 100 this year.

Every drop of their oil is blood on our hands. This, more than anything, makes me a raging environmentalist.

Why does our government suck up to this barbaric regime? How can Brits go there and work for them? Giving them the expertise that makes them wealthy?

cdtaylornats Wed 24-Apr-19 23:21:02

But he wasn't arrested for attending demonstrations

Sweikat was charged with armed disobedience against the king, as well as attacking, shooting and injuring security forces, civilians and passersby. He was also accused of destroying public property, causing chaos and disrupting the peace, by participating in a terrorist cell, to make and deliver Molotov cocktails.

InceyWinceyette Thu 25-Apr-19 08:17:54

Confessions illicited under torture...

FamilyOfAliens Thu 25-Apr-19 08:24:07

Extract from an email I received yesterday from the campaigning group Reprieve:

Mujtaba al-Sweikat (pictured) was arrested at King Fahd International Airport, on his way to begin his studies at Western Michigan University. He was severely beaten all over his body, including the soles of his feet, and convicted on the basis of a confession extracted through torture.

Abdulkarim al-Hawaj was charged with participating in demonstrations, incitement via social media and preparing banners with anti-state slogans. He was beaten, tortured with electricity and chained with his hands above his head until he ‘confessed’ to terrorism offences.

Salman Qureish was arrested shortly after his 18th birthday, accused of crimes that took place when he was a juvenile. He was denied basic legal rights and sentenced to death in a mass trial, despite repeated interventions on his behalf by the United Nations.

InceyWinceyette Thu 25-Apr-19 11:43:39

"The majority of those executed were Shi’a men who were convicted after sham trials that violated international fair trial standards which relied on confessions extracted through torture."

Says Amnesty International. www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/saudi-arabia-37-put-to-death-in-shocking-execution-spree/

"Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, observed: “Saudi authorities will inevitably characterise those executed as terrorists and dangerous criminals, but the reality is that Saudi courts are largely devoid of any due process and many of those executed were condemned based solely on confessions they credibly say were coerced." "

Miljah Mon 20-May-19 22:24:15

This of absolutely no help for the victims, but, as humanity; Saudi Arabia began as nationally powerless, but nationally powerful- camel traders. Within 1-2 generations, most will return to that.

Thence cashed up children in a sweet shop.

Some are born to rise up, and take their people with them. Some.. aren't.

Again, to make it clear, I abhor KSA, but they will not last. Their sun is setting.

Miljah Mon 20-May-19 22:25:41

Sorry, can't proof read. I meant internationally powerful (they got oil!) but nationally powerless.

Drasticaction Wed 22-May-19 20:35:46

It's beyond awful and I'd like a clear explanation as to why we do anything with this vile medieval evil regime.

However no one on Mumsnet is interested op....too riled up over trump.

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