- Let's see . . . ISIS is the enemy because they are evil terrorist Islamists who behead people.
- Meanwhile the head chopping Saudi Islamists who fund and arm terrorists are American allies.
- I guess I just don't understand foreign policy.
(Agence France-Presse) - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.
The interior ministry identified the latest to be put to death as Saudis Awad al-Rowaili and Lafi al-Shammary, who were convicted of smuggling amphetamines.
They were executed in the northern region of Jawf, the ministry said in statements carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Another Saudi, Mohammed al-Shihri, was separately put to death in the southwestern region of Asir for murder.
|Lebanese human rights activists hold signs saying "Do not kill" |
outside the Saudi embassy in Beirut (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)
|Family members of beheaded Indonesian maid Siti Zainab hold |
a poster bearing her portrait at their family home in Bangkalan
in East Java province (AFP Photo/Juni Kriswanto)
The conservative Islamic kingdom executed 87 people in 2014, according to an AFP tally.
Those beheaded this year include Siti Zainab, an Indonesian domestic worker convicted of murder despite concerns about her mental health, according to the Indonesian newspaper Kompas.
Jakarta summoned Riyadh's ambassador over her case, a rare diplomatic incident linked to Saudi Arabia's executions, around half of which involve foreigners.
Also among this year's dead are at least eight Yemenis, 10 Pakistanis, Syrians, Jordanians, and individuals from Myanmar, the Philippines, India, Chad, Eritrea and Sudan.
Saudi Arabia ranked among the world's top five executioners in 2014, according to rights group Amnesty International.
Under the Gulf nation's strict version of Islamic sharia law, drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death.
Executions are carried out in public, mostly by beheading with a sword.
A surge in executions began towards the end of the reign of King Abdullah, who died on January 23.
It accelerated this year under his successor King Salman, in what Amnesty has called an unprecedented "macabre spike".Read More . . . .