Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday for “terrorism”, including the prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimrits, Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday, mostly suspected Al-Qaeda members, Interior Ministry said in a statement broadcast on state television.
“The Saudi Ministry of Interior issued a statement that 47 were executed today across 12 regions in the kingdom including in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Region, Qassim, Hail, Northern Border, Asir, Jouf, Najran, Baha, Tabuk after they were convicted by the judiciary and the sentences were endorsed by Appeal and Supreme Courts; and a royal order was issued to execute the sentences”.
According to Saudi Arabia in 4 regions executions were carried out by shooting and in other regions prisoners were executed by sword.
Saudi Wahhabi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh appeared on television soon after to describe the executions as just, Reuters reported.
Al Arabiya said 45 of those executed were of Saudi nationality, alongside one Chadian and one Egyptian, according to a list of names and nationalities published by the Saudi Press Agency.
Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, commonly referred to as Sheikh Nimr was an independent Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
He is popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government during the 2011–2012 Saudi Arabian protests.
Iranian high-ranking officials had regularly deplored Riyadh for handing down death sentence to prominent Shiite cleric, warning that execution of the Sheikh Nimr would incur a heavy price in Saudi Arabia, and would set the stage for the fall of the Saudi regime.
Several rights activists had also warned Riyadh that execution of Sheikh Nimr would set fire to Saudi Arabia.
Nimr was attacked and arrested in the Qatif region of Eastern Province in July 2012, and has been charged with undermining the kingdom’s security, making anti-government speeches, and defending political prisoners. Nimr has denied the accusations.
In October 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death, provoking huge condemnations and criticism in the Middle East and the world.
On October 25, Nimr’s family confirmed that the Saudi Supreme Court and the Specialized Appeals Court had endorsed a death sentence issued last year against him for inciting sectarian strife and disobeying King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The cleric has denied the charges.
Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades, according to several advocacy groups that monitor the death penalty worldwide.
Brother of executed cleric Nimr al-Nimr says hopes any reaction to killing will be peaceful.
Saudi Interior Ministry released the list of 47 executed persons:
1 Amin Mohamed Abdullah Al Akala
2 Anwar Abdulrahman al-Najjar
3 Badr bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Bader
4 Bandar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Ghaith
5 Hassan Hadi bin Shija Almassarir
6 Hamad bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Hamidi
7 Khaled Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Jarallah
8 Reda Abdul Rahman al-Najjar
9 Saad Salamat Hummair
10 Salah bin Said bin Abdul Raheem Al-Najjar
11 Salah bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Hussein
12 Saleh bin Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Shamsan
13 Saleh Bin Ali Bin Saleh al Jummah
14 Adel bin Saad bin al Jazaez al Zubaiti
15 Adel Mohammed Salem Abdullah Yamani
16 Abdul Jabbar bin Hamoud bin Abdulaziz Altwaijri
17 Abdulrahman Dakhil Faleh al-Faleh
18 Abdallah Sayer Moawad Massad Mohammadi
19 Abdullah bin Saad bin Mazhar Sharif
20 Abdullah Saleh Abdulaziz Al-Ansari
21 Abdullah Abdulaziz Ahmed al-Muqrin
22 Abdullah Muslim Hameed al Rahif
23 Abdullah bin Mualla Bin Eli
24 Abdulaziz Rachid Ben Hamdan al Tuwalii
25 Mohsen Hamad bin Abdullah Yahya
26 Essam Khalaf Mohammed Almdhira
27 Ali Saeed Abdullah Al Ribh
28 Ghazi Rashid Muheisen
29 Faris Ahmed Jamaan Al Shuweil
30 Fekri Ali ibn Yahia Fakih
31 Fahd bin Ahmed bin Hanash al-Zamel
32 Fahad Abdulrahman Ahmed al Baridi
33 Fahad Ali Ayed Al Gibran
34 Majid Ibrahim Ali al Mughainim
35 Majid Moaidh Rashid
36 Mishaal bin Hamoud bin Juwair Faraj
37 Mohammed Abdulaziz Mohammed al Mahareb
38 Mohammed Abdulkarim Sovamil
39 Mohammed Fathi Abdul Ati al Sayyed
40 Mohammed bin Faisal bin Mohammed Shoyukh
41 Mostafa Mohammad Tahir Abdkar-Ahle Chad
42 Moaidh Mufarreh Ali Ali Shokr
43 Nasser Ali Ayed Al Gibran
44 Saad Nayef Abdullah al Baridi
45 Najib bin Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al Bahiji
46 Martyr “Nimr Baqir al Nimr”
47 Nimr Sahaj Zeid Al Karizi