7 political prisoners executed in Egypt, 81 executed in KSA in one day

Seven people in Egypt and eighty one people in in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have reportedly been all executed, based on political charges and others.

The We Record human rights organization has revealed that it documented the execution of seven Egyptian citizens over the past few days, noting that this is the first incident of executions in a politically motivated case since early this year.

On the other hand, Saudi interior ministry said authorities executed 81 people in one day, where the crimes they were accused of included terrorism, kidnapping, rape, and travelling to a regional conflict zone

In a statement posted on Facebook, the rights organization that focuses on Egyptian human rights abuses said that the executions of Abdullah Shukri Ibrahim Abdel-Maboud, Mahmoud Abdel-Tawab Morsi, Mahmoud Abdel-Hamid Al-Junaidi and Ahmed Salama Ali Ashmawi took place on Tuesday.

All of which were “politically motivated and lacked standards of justice,” We Record added.

Three of the bodies have been released, it explained, however the body of Abdullah Shukri Ibrahim was detained.

The Egyptian Court of Cassation upheld the guilty verdict against the detainees, on charges of “joining a terrorist group established in violation of the provisions of the law and the constitution, possessing weapons and explosives, carrying out a number of terrorist operations, and assassinating an officer and seven policemen from the Helwan Police Department in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, carrying out terrorist operations in the Munib area, Giza governorate, and the armed robbery of the Helwan post office.”

In addition to this, yesterday it posted on Twitter that Bilal Ibrahim Sobhi Farhat, Mohamed Hassan Ezzedine Mohamed Hassan and Taj al-Din Mu’nis Mohamed Mohamed Hemeida have also been executed. They were on trial in the case of the Giza Police Department, in which ten other detainees were executed on 3 October 2020.

Over the past years, Egyptian courts have sentenced thousands to death in what human rights organisations have said are measures taken in retaliation against opponents of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s military coup.

Saudi Arabia executes 81 people in one day

Meanwhile, Saudi interior ministry has announced executeion of 81 people, stating that the crimes they were accused of include terrorism, kidnapping, rape, and travelling to a regional conflict zone

Saudi Arabia executed at least 81 people in one day, including seven Yemenis and one Syrian, convicted of various crimes, including kidnapping and rape, state media reported on Saturday.

The men included 37 Saudi nationals who were found guilty of attempting to assassinate security officers and targeting police stations and convoys, Saudi Press Agency said, citing a statement from the interior ministry.

However, SPA did not confirm when the executions took place.

The crimes the individuals were convicted of include kidnapping, rape, membership of a terrorist organization like the Islamic State group (IS) and travelling to a regional conflict zone.

“The Kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world,” the SPA statement said.

“The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process, which found them guilty of committing multiple heinous crimes that left a large number of civilians and law enforcement officers dead.”

Saudi officials added that the trials were overseen by 13 judges over three separate stages for each individual.

Human rights group Reprieve condemned the executions and said it feared for prisoners of conscience, including individuals arrested as children, on Saudi death row.

“The world should know by now that when [Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman promises reform, bloodshed is bound to follow,”  said Reprieve Deputy Director Soraya Bauwens in a statement.

“Just last week the Crown Prince told journalists he plans to modernise Saudi Arabia’s criminal justice system, only to order the largest mass execution in the country’s history.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to visit Saudi Arabia soon, to beg for Saudi oil to replace Russian gas. We cannot show our revulsion for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s atrocities by rewarding those of the Crown Prince. Johnson must speak up and condemn these killings.”

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the Gulf. The last time Riyadh conducted a mass execution of this scale was in 1980 of 63 militants who seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979.