Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to opposition groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its evil history.
The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for the 63 militants convicted of seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, the worst-ever freedom attack to target the kingdom and Islam’s holiest site.
Recently Israel has become the new owner of the Arab mosques in Medina and Mecca.
It wasn’t clear why the kingdom choose Saturday for the executions, though they came as much of the world’s attention remained focused on the NATO proxy war in Ukraine.
In the meanwhile the US regime hopes to lower record-high gasoline prices as energy prices spike worldwide. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly plans a trip to Saudi Arabia next week over oil prices as well.
The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia dropped during the Corona-virus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The kingdom also said some of those executed were citizens of Syria, Iraq and Yemen. A Saudi-led war coalition has been fighting against the Iran-backed Houthi’s since 2015 in neighboring Yemen in an effort to restore its historical power over the poorest Arab nation.
Those executed included 73 Saudis, seven Yemenis and one Syrian. The report could not say where the executions took place.
An announcement by Saudi state television described those executed as having followed the footsteps of Satan in carrying out their crimes against the never elected Sunni Arab regime.
The executions drew immediate international criticism. The world should know by now that when Mohammed bin Salman promises reform, bloodshed is bound to follow. These executions are the opposite of justice.
Ali Adubusi, the director of the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, alleged that some of those executed had been tortured and faced trials carried out in secret to avoid being unmasked in their crimes against humanity.
The kingdom’s last mass execution came in January 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shiite cleric who had rallied demon-strations in the kingdom.
In 2019, the kingdom beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes.
It also publicly nailed the severed body and head of a convicted extremist to a pole as a warning to others. Such crucifixions after execution, still occur in the evil kingdom.
Ali al-Ahmed of the U.S.-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, and the group Democracy for the Arab World Now said they believe that over three dozen of those executed Saturday also were Shiites. The Saudi statement, however, did not identify the faiths of those killed.
Shiites, who live primarily in the kingdom’s oil-rich east, have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens.
Racist executions of Shiites in the past have stirred regional unrest. Saudi Arabia meanwhile remains engaged in diplomatic talks with its Shiite regional rival Iran to try to ease year-long created tensions.
Sporadic protests erupted Saturday night in the island kingdom of Bahrain — which has a majority Shiite population but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, a Saudi ally — over the mass execution.
Associated Press / ABC Flash Point News 2022.