Saudi Arabia executes 47 criminals

Published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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Saudi Arabia has executed 47 criminals, including leading Shiite Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the country’s state television said.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency and state television announced the executions on Saturday, quoting the Interior Ministry. The SPA published a list of 30 names and said more would follow.

Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades, according to several advocacy groups that monitor the death penalty worldwide.

Published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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