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Saudia Arabia condemns 17-year-old to crucification for protesting government

The religion of peace: Saudia Arabia has condemned a 17-year-old boy to death by crucification for participating in anti-government protests.

Ali was initially held at a juvenile offenders facility, where he was denied access to lawyers. Evidence indicates that he was tortured and forced to sign a document which was tantamount to a confession. The signed document formed the basis of the case against him and he was convicted of the alleged offences by the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC). However, the trials failed to meet international standards. Ali and his family have strongly denied the charges against him, but, after the final appeal – which was held in secret and without Ali’s knowledge – was dismissed, there are few legal options remaining to oppose the sentence originally handed down on 27 May 2014. It is feared that Ali could be executed in a matter of days.

The case against Ali appears to be based on his familial connection to Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 53-year old critic of the Saudi regime and a prominent religious leader in the Kingdom, who is his uncle. Mr Al Nimr was sentenced to death by crucifixion on charges including ‘insulting the King’ and delivering religious sermons that ‘disrupt national unity’. This week, it emerged that the authorities plan to execute Ali’s uncle on Thursday (17 September) sparking fears that his nephew will also be killed.

The article also notes that these arrests are not unique and are instead part of a larger crack-down in Saudia Arabia on any dissent, no matter how mild. It also illustrates the savagery and barbarism of Islam and the countries in the Middle East that practice it. Any civilized person with any sense of justice should be outraged by it.

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3 comments

  • Kevin Haynie

    Will these murders by government be televised? Will our ” mainstream media ” report them? I hope Republican candidates will all use this horror in the campaign.

  • PeterF

    Technically this isn’t a symptom of islamic fascism. I would describe it as a tyrannical group of gangsters using the despotic laws of islamic oppression as an excuse to silence dissent. I suspect that when islamic fundamentalism threatens the personal health of the Saudi rulers that they will suddenly discover secularism.

  • pzatchok

    The fact is this is not unheard of in Saudi Arabia. the punishment might be uncommon but its been done before.

    The fact is that middle East society is extremely influenced by its religion and that religious leaders.

    Its so influenced by them that even the very western leaning and accepting leadership of the kingdom often has to bow to popular pressure or lose control all the way.

    I am waiting for the day when ISIS(or some other terrorist group) openly moves into the kingdom and forces out the Saud family.
    I can see it happening in the next ten years.

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