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Saudi Arabia Carried Out Record Number Of Executions In 2019

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Saudi Arabia’s shortage of executioners didn’t stop the kingdom from carrying out a record number of death sentences in 2019, according to the non-profit Reprieve, which monitors how KSA handles capital punishment.

According to figures provided to ABC News, KSA executed 184 people last year, including 90 foreign nationals. The most common crime committed by the prisoners who were put to death was drug smuggling (82 were executed for smuggling narcotics) while 57 were executed on murder charges.

That’s compared to a total of 22 executions in the entire US.

Notably, KSA has seen a rise in killings since 2015, when Reprieve first started keeping track.

In 2014, 88 people were executed, with that number nearly doubling to 157 executions in 2015. Executions stayed at around that level until last year, when the state killed 35 more people than they had in 2018.

As we reported at the time, the Saudis killed 37 people in a single day, including a student who was supposed to be on his way to college in the US, which prompted Rep. Rashida Tlaib to lash out at the kingdom.

It’s not publicly known how many prisoners are currently on death row in Saudi Arabia. However, among those awaiting “imminent execution” are Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon, all of whom were sentenced to death for their roles in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring, nearly a decade ago.

Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon, pictured above

Maya Foa, Reprieve’s director, called on the US and UK to call out the kingdom’s record of executions in the “strongest possible terms,” arguing that that international pressure “can make a difference.”

While that may or may not be true, we imagine neither country would be willing to jeopardize such a mutually beneficial relationship.

Even evidence that Saudi officials were involved in orchestrating 9/11 couldn’t do that.

Instead, the jump in executions will inevitably be used by human rights advocates to bash Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has tried to enact liberal reforms like allowing women to drive while aggressively eradicating any whiff of criticism (for an example see what happened to dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi).

16 Comments on "Saudi Arabia Carried Out Record Number Of Executions In 2019"

  1. DerHundistLos on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:20 am 

    More laughable Zero IQ reporting:

    “…. bash Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has tried to enact liberal reforms like allowing women to drive while aggressively eradicating any whiff of criticism.”

    Stupid in the extreme.

  2. Hello on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 11:43 am 

    It’s always good news when ragheads are executed. Too bad the West has no balls to restart Dachau et al. There;s enough sludge in europe to make a restart worthwhile.

  3. Davy on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 2:58 pm 

    The guy on the left looks like an American.

  4. Cloggie on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 3:21 pm 

    Everybody can pass as an American these days.

    America = Babylon

  5. JuanP on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 3:27 pm 

    LOL, clog, you and I are extremely jealous of America. You are mentally deranged over America and I am completely mentally ill over America. I think that makes us Babylonian.

  6. Anonymouse on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 3:52 pm 

    Anyone can pass for [whatever] on the internet these days.

    Kloggkosher = Hooknosed rodent

  7. Davy on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:25 pm 

    “Everybody can pass as an American these days.
    America = Babylon”

    So true cloggo. So true. We have no culture.

  8. JuanP on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:28 pm 

    Hi, annon, you can pass for my man

  9. JuanP on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:42 pm 

    Ukraine Foreign Minister: I Don’t Trust Lev Parnas and I Don’t Believe His Allegations
    Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas recently claimed to have personal knowledge that Trump had tried to coerce Ukraine into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden for his own political benefits by threatening to withhold military aid. It jumpstarted the impeachment inquiry against Trump, which is now officially in the Senate trial stage. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko doesn’t buy any of it. “I never spoke with this individual,” Prystaiko told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday. “And, again, frankly, I don’t trust any word he is now saying.” President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence had planned to be at Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration. But it didn’t happen. Parnas suggested that was another one of the consequences of Zelensky’s refusal to investigate the Bidens. Prystaiko pushed back and explained that part of the blame for the inauguration can be on the side of the Ukrainians. Tommy Pigott @TCPigott Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko: no quid pro quo was ever mentioned in any conversations “Some of the blame can be on our side,” Prystaiko said. “Because we had to do it in very fast way. President Zelensky wanted to leave the Parliament free from his new presidency. And we had just a couple of days to make it legal. We had limited ourselves to time. We gave quite a short notice.””It was not a big deal for us,” Prystaiko said, adding that Perry’s presence was “a good representation.” No quid pro quo, he added, was “ever mentioned in any of those conversations.”

  10. Cloggie on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:44 pm 

    “So true cloggo. So true. We have no culture.”

    Anything goes, nothing matters.


  11. JuanP on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 4:47 pm 

    Then why are so many of your Dutch friends over in the US, cloggie. Probably for the same reason i am here. We can do what we want and make good money.

  12. Davy on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 5:09 pm 

    How did you make that c thingy in the circle cloggo?

    Thats purdy neat.

  13. Cloggie on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 5:24 pm 

    BBC2 now on the Bank of England. A bit of history:

    “This Day in Jewish History 1710: The Banker Who Helped William of Orange Conquer England Dies”

    The Dutch, the English and the Jews.

    Up until 1672 the Catholic English king and his partner in crime, the Catholic king of France Lou14, wanted to destroy the Protestant bulwark Holland. They failed.

    The Dutch knew that the English and French could return any minute once their war chest was full again. The Dutch plan was to preempt that and their plan was to turn England into a Protestant country as well, a copy of Holland.

    And they had a very powerful ally, who supported this objective: jewish money. Because Protestantism is filosemitic where Catholicism is anti-semitic.

    The jews said to the Dutch stadholder Bill3: here is all the money you need. If you fail, no worries, we’ll write off the investment. But if you succeed in the intended regime change, let us organize the new English central bank.

    Note this was 1912-1689=223 years BEFORE the jews got hold of the comparable FED in Protestant America.

    These two events are essential elements in the rise of the jews in the modern era.

  14. Cloggie on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 5:40 pm 

    From the same Haaretz link:

    “Francisco Lopes Suasso – known within the Jewish community of Amsterdam as Abraham Israel Suasso – was born in that city in or around 1657. He was the oldest son of Antonio Lopes Suasso (1614–1685) and Violenta de Pinto. Both parents were descendants of Converso families that left Spain after the Inquisition and eventually made their way to the Netherlands, where they were able to resume living openly as Jews.”

    Those jews were real jews, sefardic jews, semitic jews, jews with descendants from Israel rather than these TalmudTurks from the Ukraine area, like our Mobster hooligan.

    Thousands of these sefardic jews fled the anti-semitic inquisition, to Holland, like mr de Campo Rosso, who, just to blend in, changed his name to Samuel Roosevelt, who settled in Haarlem. Apparently he didn’t like the Netherlands too much and decided to move to the Dutch colonies in America, never to be heard of again.

  15. JuanP on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 5:45 pm 

    Cloggie, you have jew on the brain. Get a life

  16. Cloggie on Fri, 17th Jan 2020 6:08 pm 

    “Cloggie, you have jew on the brain. Get a life”

    I have a life, thank you very much. And my opponents are far more formidable than yours (Ozark goat herds).

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