Man,26, beheaded in Saudi Arabia for taking part in anti-government protests when he was 17

Photo: Reprieve, via Daily Mail

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a 26-year-old man following the invention of an “offensive” {photograph} that confirmed him in attendance throughout anti-government protest when he was 17, in response to reports.

Mustafa al-Darwish was executed on Tuesday after he spent six years on demise row following his conviction.

In February 2021, Riyadh authorities informed the UN Human Rights Council that “anyone who commits a death-eligible crime as a child” will likely be topic to “a maximum sentence of ten years in a juvenile institution”. But Mustafa was beheaded regardless of such guarantees, elevating issues that different children may be put to demise.

As a 17-year-old, Mustafa was caught up in Arab Spring protests among the many nation’s Shi’ite minority which swept by way of the Eastern Province area in 2011 and 2012.

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At the time, small numbers of demonstrators known as for reform which prompted the federal government to pay further advantages price round £112 billion to residents.

Yet, in 2015, he was arrested with two others and accused of a spread of offences which included “seeking to disrupt national cohesion through participation in more than 10 riots”.

Mustafa was subsequently positioned in solitary confinement and his household stated he fainted a number of occasions throughout what they described as “brutal interrogation sessions.”

He solely later confessed to the crimes in court docket in order to “make the beatings stop,” his family said.

Mustafa’s household, who solely examine his execution on-line, described how he was arrested in the streets of Tarout with two of his associates six years in the past.

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“Six years ago, Mustafa was arrested with two of his friends in the streets of Tarout”, his household stated. The police launched him with out cost however confiscated his cellphone. We later discovered that there was {a photograph} on the cellphone that offended them.”

“Later they called us and told Mustafa to come and collect his phone, but instead of giving it back they detained him, and our suffering began,” his household stated.

“How can they execute a boy due to {a photograph} on his cellphone?

“Since his arrest we have known nothing but pain. It is a living death for the whole family”.

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Saudi Arabia is at the moment considered one of 53 international locations to nonetheless have the demise sentence, using a wide range of strategies together with hanging, taking pictures, deadly injection, electrocution and beheading.

(*17*) to The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the state documented 27 executions final yr which it stated represented an 85% drop in comparison with 2019.

However the marketing campaign teams have warned that the quantity would possibly improve once more this yr, on condition that the decline might be partly attributed to the Covid-19 lockdown.


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