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Saudi Arabia accused of beheading 12 people today ‘while worldwide focus is centered on Environment Cup’

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Saudi Arabia has been accused of applying the Globe Cup as a distraction after it beheaded 12 folks about the previous 14 times inspite of a pledge to not use the death penalty.  

The spate of executions ended up punishments for prescription drugs offences, however the nation applied a moratorium on the use of the death penalty for non-violent crimes in 2021. 

Meanwhile, the Saudi leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, attended Sunday’s World Cup opening ceremony, sitting following to Fifa boss Gianni Infantino. 

Saudi Arabia’s chief Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks as he gets the Saudi soccer staff forward of their participation in the Environment Cup  in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Oct 23, 2022

The Saudi crown prince (pictured, far right) chats with Fifa boss Gianni Infantino at the opening ceremony in Doha on Sunday night

The Saudi crown prince (pictured, much proper) chats with Fifa boss Gianni Infantino at the opening ceremony in Doha on Sunday night time

Human Rights charity Reprieve highlighted the scenario of a taxi driver facing imminent execution in a Saudi jail, whose sister final 12 months asked previous England star Alan Shearer for assistance.

Zeinab Abo al-Kheir wrote to the Tv set pundit right after he said he desired to ‘listen to the proof about human legal rights abuses’ in the desert kingdom next the Saudi takeover of his former club, Newcastle United.

Her brother, father-of-8 Hussein, was sentenced to death immediately after amphetamine supplements had been uncovered concealed in his gas tank at a border checkpoint.

But campaigners claim he confessed below torture and the medicine had been planted in his car although the car was parked outside the house his household in Jordan.

Reprieve Director Maya Foa accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out the beheadings even though the world’s awareness was targeted on the Planet Cup in Doha.

‘While Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was placing himself centre phase at the Environment Cup opening ceremony, seated subsequent to Fifa supremo Gianni Infantino, taxi driver Hussein Abo al-Kheir was cowering in a mobile, terrified that the executioner will acquire him following.

‘While all eyes are on the football, Saudi Arabia is carrying out a horrifying execution spree, killing individuals like Hussein, an innocent gentleman who was tortured by Saudi law enforcement to ‘confess’.

Zeinab Abu al-Kheir's brother Hussein was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia in 2014, with fears he could soon be executed

Zeinab Abu al-Kheir’s brother Hussein was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia in 2014, with fears he could quickly be executed

‘Qatar has rightly been criticised for its human legal rights document but its abuses pale in comparison to the Gulf megastate following door.

‘Saudi Arabia executed extra people today than at any time in advance of in the to start with 6 months of this year, and has now started executing drug offenders, in substantial quantities and in magic formula, as the planet focuses on its neighbour.

‘The Kingdom’s worldwide associates have to act now, to save Hussein and stop the bloodshed.’

If carried out, Hussein’s execution would be the 13th pursuing the beheadings of a few Pakistani gentlemen, 4 Syrians, two Jordanian and 3 Saudis.

The quantity of people today executed by Saudi Arabia this yr is at the very least 138, which is more than the totals of 2020 and 2021 merged.

Zeinab Abu al-Kheir, the sister of a taxi driver on death row in Saudi Arabia, asked former England striker Alan Shearer (pictured) to help save her brother's life

Zeinab Abu al-Kheir, the sister of a taxi driver on demise row in Saudi Arabia, questioned former England striker Alan Shearer (pictured) to assistance conserve her brother’s everyday living

This includes 81 put to demise in a one day in March, lots of of whom ended up political prisoners arrested in clampdowns on demonstrations amongst the Shia minority in the Eastern Province.

The high number of executions has taken location inspite of MBS pledging to ‘minimise’ money punishment, with only those discovered guilty of murder or manslaughter currently being place to demise.

Ms Foa extra: ‘Mohammed bin Salman has frequently touted his vision of development, committing to decreasing executions and ending the loss of life penalty for drug offences.

‘But as a bloody yr of executions draws to a shut, the Saudi authorities have begun executing drug offenders once more, in big quantities and in secret’.

The prince has earlier backtracked on other policies, these kinds of as on women’s rights.

Irrespective of introducing looser limits on ladies in the extremely-conservative nation, which include allowing them to sign up for the armed service, he has also been driving the imprisonment of women’s rights activists.

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