The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed 37 of its own citizens today, mostly Shia Muslims, for terrorism-related charges. One of the beheaded bodies, along with its severed head, was attached to a pole for all to see as a warning.
“This is the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history,” said Saudi dissident Ali Al-Ahmed, who runs the Gulf Institute in Washington.
It marked the largest number of executions in a single day in Saudi Arabia since Jan. 2, 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people for terrorism-related crimes in what was the largest mass execution carried out by Saudi authorities since 1980, reported CNBC.
“This is political,” he said. “They didn’t have to execute these people, but it’s important for them to ride the American anti-Iranian wave,” added Al-Ahmed.
The individuals were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives, killing a number of security officers and cooperating with enemy organizations against the interests of the country, the Interior Ministry said, wrote CNBC.
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