|Saudi Arabia: Barbaric Behavior|
The bodies were then displayed in public places, the most severe form of punishment available under Sharia Islamic law.
The four Shi’ites, including al-Nimr, were convicted of shooting and petrol bomb attacks which killed several police officers during anti-government protests in the Qatif district of Riyadh between 2011-2013.
Thousands of militant Islamists were detained after the 2003-06 al-Qaeda attacks. Hundreds have been convicted.
Hundreds of members of the Shi’ite minority were detained after the 2011-13 protests.
This is the biggest mass execution for security reasons in Saudi Arabia since 1980, when 83 jihadist rebels were executed for taking over Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 1979.
Commentators say a secondary aim is about discouraging Saudi nationals from engaging in jihadism.
Note EU-Digest: there is no excuse possible at all for this barbaric behavior of Saudi Arabia which shows complete disrespect for basic human rights. The EU should immediately review their diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia In addition, having Saudi Arabia head-up an Islamic group of Nations to combat ISIS is like putting Dracula in charge of a blood bank. The EU can not and may not accept this barbaric behavior or participate with Saudi Arabia in any of their political schemes. Weapon deliveries from the EU to Saudi Arabia should also be halted immediately.
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