Eighty-one people have been sentenced to death today in Saudi Arabia for various crimes, including murder and terrorism. This includes 7 people from Yemen and one from Syria.
Saudi Arabia releases a statement on Saturday the country had executed 81 people in a single day. The Saudi Press Agency has said those convicted peoples are linked with Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Huthis and other terrorist organizations.
The death toll for the 63 militants accused of seizing the Great Mosque in Mecca in 1979 is higher today than the number of executions carried out in January 1980.
Some of those executed have been linked to al-Qaeda, ISIS. The Saudi government claims to be members of a terrorist group and supporters of the Yemeni Houthi rebels. No information has been released on where the sentence was carried out.
The last total execution was in January 2016. Of these, 47 were Shia clerics convicted of staging anti-government protests. In 2019, 37 Saudi nationals convicted of terrorism charges were beheaded and executed. 27 will be executed in 2020 and 67 in 2021.
Saudi Arabia has the strictest laws in the world. There, engaging in acts of terrorism and acts against the state are considered serious crimes. The maximum penalty for such crimes is death.