Saudi Arabia executes man who allegedly committed crimes while underage – –

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According to Amnesty International, Mustafa al-Darwish may still have been a minor when he participated in the riots between 2011 and 2012. He was sentenced to death in March 2018.

“Since the official indictment does not specify the exact month in which the alleged crimes took place, Mustafa al-Darwish could have been 17 or 18 at the time,” Amnesty said. London-based rights organization Reprieve also said al-Darwish was 17 when he allegedly committed the offenses.

The Saudi government has said that al-Darwish “formed a terrorist cell for the purpose of killing security personnel”, among other crimes.

The Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed that al-Darwish was executed in Dammam on Tuesday, according to the Saudi State News Agency (SPA). There is no mention of al-Darwish’s age in the SPA report.

Reprieve said in a statement that al-Darwish’s family had not received any notice of the execution and later discovered it while reading the information online.

The execution took place despite the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) saying in a statement in April 2020 that Saudi Arabia was abolishing the death penalty for those who have committed crimes as minors.

The statement said that anyone sentenced to death after being convicted of crimes committed as a minor would instead be given a prison term of up to 10 years in a juvenile detention center. However, it was not clear when the decision would be implemented.

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The decree was not published in the official Saudi media.

At the time of the announcement, it was hoped that the decree could potentially save several men from the country’s Shiite minority from the death penalty, who allegedly committed crimes as minors.

Most prominent among them was Ali al-Nimr, a jailed anti-government protester. Nephew of the executed clergyman Nimr al-Nimr, Ali was arrested at the age of 17 and sentenced to death. That sentence was commuted in February this year, her father told CNN. Ali al-Nimr’s sentence was reduced to 10 years in prison by the specialized criminal court, according to Reprieve.

In 2019, CNN reported on Saudi teenager Murtaja Qureiris, who faced the death penalty for crimes he allegedly committed when he was 13.

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SPA quoted the Saudi Interior Ministry as saying that al-Darwish “launched an armed revolt against the leader and destabilized security in this country by forming a terrorist network with the aim of killing security personnel, provoking riots, to cause chaos, sectarian conflicts, to make bombs with the intention of breaking up with certain members of this cell.

According to Amnesty International, al-Darwish only attended anti-government protests in 2011 and 2012. Amnesty International said that during his detention al-Darwish “was placed in solitary confinement for six months and s. ‘is denied access to a lawyer for two years until the start of his trial, violating his right to a fair trial.

“In carrying out this execution, the Saudi authorities have shown a deplorable contempt for the right to life. He is the latest victim of the deeply flawed Saudi justice system, which regularly sees people sentenced to death after blatantly unfair trials based on extorted confessions. by torture, ”Amnesty added in its statement.

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