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(London Daily Mail) - A second teenager is set to beheaded in Saudi Arabia for his role in protests, it was reported today.
Dawoud al-Marhoon had his conviction upheld by a court just days after a similar case involving another youth sparked an international outcry.
Al-Marhoon was 17 when he was arrested by Saudi security forces in May 2012, at the height of protests in the country's Eastern Province.
He was reportedly tortured and made to sign a 'confession' that was later said to have been relied on to convict him.
He has been held in solitary confinement and has been barred from speaking to his lawyer, say human rights campaigners Reprieve.
Last week, the Specialised Criminal Court upheld Dawoud's conviction and sentenced him to death by beheading.
His case follows that of Ali al-Nimr who faces a sentence of 'crucifixion' – involving beheading and the public display of his body – for his role in protests in 2012 when he was only 17 years old.
He was charged with attending a protest, teaching first aid to demonstrators and using his Blackberry phone to urge more people to join in.
Al-Nimr sentence has prompted strong international criticism, with the French government and a group of UN experts among those calling for a halt to the executions.
With legal avenues exhausted, both juveniles could now be executed at any time, without prior notification to their families.
The executions are expected to go ahead despite concerns about the fairness of both trials, says Reprieve.
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