Saudis Behaving Badly: Beheading For Protesting?; 350 Lashes For Making Homemade Wine?

Oct 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured
Sword-wielding members of the Saudi religious police. Their job is to behead apostates.

Sword-wielding members of the Saudi religious police. Their job is to behead apostates.

Reprinted from The Guardian.

The mother of a teenage Saudi protester sentenced to crucifixion has begged Barack Obama to intervene to save her son’s life.

In her first interview with foreign media, Nusra al-Ahmed, the mother of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, whose case has reverberated around the world, described the intended punishment as “savage” and “backwards in the extreme”.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve, the US talkshow host Bill Maher and the British prime minister, David Cameron, have all weighed in with calls for clemency to stop Nimr, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, from being beheaded and then crucified.

The death sentence comes as the oil-rich state faces increasing diplomatic scrutiny over the severity of its penal system and as it takes over the chair of the UN human rights council.

Asked how she was coping knowing that at any moment her son could be put to death following the Saudi supreme court’s rejection of his appeal, Ahmed said: “For other people every hour is composed of 60 minutes, but for me every hour is 60 beats of pain.”

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She said her son had been detained sometime after joining Shia demonstrators in the eastern coastal city of Qatif seeking equal religious rights in the Sunni-majority country. Her appeal to Obama will likely fail.

360 Lashes For Homemade Wine
In a related example of Saudi barbarism, Karl Andree, a 74-year-old man will receive 360 lashes from the Saudi purity police for the crime of making homemade wine.

Andree has already spent more than a year in jail, has faced cancer, and is unlikely to survive 360 lashes.

He has lived in Saudi Arabia for 25 years and worked as an oil executive. He was arrested in 2014.

English Prime Minister David Cameron is calling on the Saudi government to release him and to avoid flogging him.

Britain Cancels Prison Management Contract With Saudi Arabia
British P.M. David Cameron has just cancelled a contract with Saudi Arabia to manage Saudi prisons over its human rights abuses.

But, this isn’t going far enough, according to the Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT).

According to CAAT, Britain provides $6 billion worth of arms licenses, including Typhoon fighter jets, tear gas, military vehicles, and riot gear since 2010.

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CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith noted:

The decision to end the prison contract is a victory for campaign groups and activists. Now it’s time for the government to end arms sales to the regime and finally stop the long-standing policy of military and political support for a brutal regime that executes its critics.

Read more about Saudi Arabia’s barbaric practices: Mother of Saudi man sentenced to crucifixion begs Obama to intervene | World news | The Guardian; Karl Andree case: David Cameron to write to Saudi government – BBC News; End Saudi Arms Deal.

 

 

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