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Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Brothers For Smuggling Hashish Despite Pleas From Amnesty International

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Saudi Arabia reportedly executed four brothers from the same family on Monday for their attempts to smuggle hashish into the kingdom, bringing the number of beheadings in Saudi up to 17 in the last two weeks.

According to the Interior Ministry, the men were executed in the southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found guilty of handling the drugs by three courts, including an appeals court.

The AP tally for this year now stands at 32 for people killed by the Saudi authorities for misdemeanors and major crimes. Due to the fact that Saudi Arabia’s Sharia Islamic legal code is not codified, individual judges have extensive powers to base verdicts and sentences on their own interpretation of Islamic law.

This means that beheading four men for the relative minor crime of hashish smuggling is acceptable in the country, even though such an idea in the west would be preposterous.

Al Jazeera reported that the accused men who were executed on Monday, Hadi bin Saleh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, Mufreh bin Jaber Zayed al-Yami, Ali bin Jaber Zayed al-Yami and Awadh bin Saleh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, were from Najran on the kingdom’s southern border with Yemen.

The sentences were carried out despite the numerous and loud calls from international human rights groups such as Amnesty International, which said that the admissions of guilt from the men were most likely obtained through torture.

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Allegations of regular beatings and sleep deprivation were denied by the authorities which said they don’t torture prisoners before they chop their heads off.

The alleged offences took place back in 2007 at which time the kingdom allegedly told the families not to contact Amnesty international under fear of death.

Saudi Arabia is known to have detained thousands of its citizens, and sentenced hundreds of them, after a campaign of bombings and killings from 2003-06 by an al-Qaeda group which killed hundreds.

In the current climate in the region, the Saudis are as worried about the rise of groups like ISIS as anyone else and are treating the threat with a “zero tolerance” policy.

It seems petty that, compared to the potential threat faced in Saudi Arabia at the hands of ISIS, they would choose this time to execute four men in connection with hashish charges. Nevertheless, the regime deals with all criminals with an iron fist with little regard for human rights or world condemnation.

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31 Responses to “Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Brothers For Smuggling Hashish Despite Pleas From Amnesty International”

  1. Anonymous

    How come no one in the West speaks out against these atrocities, maybe lives are less precious than oil. What hypocrisy and double standards!

  2. Anonymous

    How come no one in the West speaks out against these atrocities, maybe lives are less precious than oil. What hypocrisy and double standards!

  3. Anonymous

    faqts & Terry, I lived in Saudi Arabia for six years and know what life is like there. The press in Saudi Arabia is state controlled, don't believe the wole story unless you've seen it for yourself, you probably haven't. Sadly, your glib responses to public executions and the barbarous treatment of very many inhabitants, especially women and imported foreign slaves illustrates your ignorance and immaturity in these respects. Sometimes, when you don't know it then shut it.

  4. Sofiane Chettah

    why did they risk their neck for hashish,,,, if the punishment is harsh,,, means many people will set you up voluntarily in fears of being associated with you.

  5. Laszlo Hamar

    All the drug dealers in Bolton are Asian maybe we should start with them

  6. Anonymous

    good job ksa… eradicate and exterminate drug traffickers, criminals, fags and scum of the society

  7. Anonymous

    Bet that the next stupid person contemplating this activity will think about it longer, and perhaps not get involved .

  8. Tee Rada

    Should behead people to read that stupid book, quran, what a bunch of barbaric people.

  9. Tee Rada

    Should behead people to read that stupid book, quran, what a bunch of barbaric people.

  10. Kathryn Moore

    No one mentioned women, children or any of the other stuff you're waffling on about. We e#weretalking about drug pusher you know the sort that destroy peoples lives. Pleas pay attention and don't try and twist the storyline!

  11. Kathryn Moore

    No one mentioned women, children or any of the other stuff you're waffling on about. We e#weretalking about drug pusher you know the sort that destroy peoples lives. Pleas pay attention and don't try and twist the storyline!

  12. Cliff Lindley

    Such a fake picture. Looks more like an Indian set-up pic, Western clothes, theatrical mask mask. painted cardboard sword? Why the concern four these four criminals when you all turned your backs on the criminal slaughter of women and children in Palestine?

  13. Anonymous

    Kathryn Moore So, you're happy with public executions then? Otherwise, I agree somewhat with the validity on keeping to the point. You consider it waffling but, don't you think that the House of Saud's attitudes that encourage and support sexual and racial discrimination should be mentioned at each and every instance. Otherwise, we just buy their oil, sell them weapons and much of the UK's prime properties and say nothing. Pedantry can be meritorious but, in this case, is not contributory to substantive, thorough and balanced journalism. I was actually initially responding to cavalier, making light comments on public executions that are often founded on "statements" extracted through torture.

  14. Phil Kitch

    Chicharito Khan Amusing irony…you can be assured nobody here that wants to get you & your friends angry.

  15. Doc Dentist

    Tea Rada !u r brave woman at in front of Facebook :)….say these words some where in Muslims country like ( Iraq, Saudi, or oh yea Afghanistan ..nice places for tourism too ), i will buy ticket for you ..anyway you would be needed ONE -Way Air-Ticket :)

  16. Anonymous

    Kathryn Moore
    When the Saudi princes come to London ,they are Whore masters and drug takers

  17. Phil Kitch

    Doc Dentist Yeh …you fit the stereotype, guess your a moderate too then ?

  18. Child Victim

    A Muslim is a Muslim, no moderate, no middle in betweens etc. The moderate is seen as not proper followers. The more extreme you go into your faith the more people believe your a true believer. A Muslim is not allowed to criticize or go against another Muslim. Muslim value their faith more than a human life.

  19. Dragomir Kollaric

    According to Sharia in JIHAD THERE ARE NO civilians. Both male and female (young and old) are called to fight in allah cause. BTW in 1920, which city was the capital of a "Palestine" state? Is it brilliant move to hide between the own population?

    Search for "The reliance of the traveler" you will find several as pdf-files to download.

  20. Dragomir Kollaric

    Chicharito Khan

    I will convert to islam if you can show me the wall made out of IRON and LEAD as spoken of in Sura 18:92-99. It must be standing til doomsday. 6 or 8 days 1.000 year of the creation myth.
    Yes the book is not STUPID, the WRITERS were and most importantly PEOPLE who believe in it TODAY are. BLIND FAITH is ALL YOU got. 9:111 another "good" verse to look up, it explains why "IS" is on a killing spree.

    As to Israel, in the koran allah gave the land to the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, to MOSES, after they were led out of Egypt. Islamic "Muslim" King David fought the "Philistines" PAGANS!