That’s how the sharia really works. It’s just a tool to terrorise the population on behalf of the rulers:
Five of the 37 ‘terrorists’ tortured and beheaded by Saudi Arabia were gay lovers, say confessions ‘extracted by Bin Salman’s torturers’ in nation where homosexuality is punishable by death
- Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announced Tuesday it had executed 37 nationals
- One allegedly confessed to having gay relationships with four of his co-accused
- Court documents have revealed how many disputed their ‘confessions’ at trial
- After the executions, one of the condemned was crucified and put on display
Five victims of a Saudi mass execution were gay lovers, according to a confession which appeared at their Sharia court trial.
One of the 37 men beheaded on Tuesday allegedly admitted to having sex with four of his co-accused ‘terrorists,’ but many complained at trial their confessions were obtained through torture.
The Shia man’s homosexual relationships appeared in lines alleging he confessed to hating the state and the Sunni sect, the court documents obtained by CNN showed.
Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Gulf state which adheres to Sharia law.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman (pictured) is the subject of scrutiny over alleged human rights abuses – court documents revealed the condemned pledged their allegiance to the royal family in desperation
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announced on Tuesday that 37 Saudi nationals had been executed [file photo]
The court document obtained by CNN stated: ‘He said that he did all this because he belonged to the Shia sect and because he was against the Sunni sect, and because of his hate for the state and its men and its security forces.’
But the man denied the charges against him and his lawyer claimed the confession was totally fabricated.
He was among fourteen convicted of forming a ‘terror cell’ in the city of Awamiya after anti-government demonstrations in 2011 and 2012.
One of the condemned – Munir al-Adam – is recorded as saying: ‘Those aren’t my words. I didn’t write a letter. This is defamation written by the interrogator with his own hand.’
Al-Adam was just 23 when he was arrested at a government checkpoint in April 2012.
Mujtaba al-Sweikat was 17 when he was detained at King Fahd International Airport in 2012 – he had been planning on studying in Michigan
He was beaten on the soles of his feet and had to crawl on his hands and knees for days.
As a five-year-old boy he had lost his hearing in one ear following an accident, but after torture he lost hearing in the other and was left totally deaf. The 27-year-old was executed on Tuesday.
Two of those beheaded were just 16 and 17 when they were arrested – including one who was set to start a new life in the US at Western Michigan University.
Mujtaba al-Sweikat, then 17, was severely beaten all over his body, including on the soles of his feet, before ‘confessing’ to crimes including attending protests in 2012.
In 2017, staff at the university said the English language and pre-finance studies student showed ‘great promise’ and called for him to be released.
Abdulkarim al-Hawaj, 21, was the youngest executed, four years after being arrested in the country’s Shia-majority Eastern province for spreading information about protests on WhatsApp.
At the time of his arrest, staff at Western Michigan University said the English language and pre-finance studies student, Mujtaba al-Sweikat, showed ‘great promise’ and called for him to be released
Under international law, putting to death anyone who was under 18 at the time of the crime is strictly prohibited.
Human rights charity Reprieve said al-Hawaj was beaten, tortured with electricity and chained with his hands above his head until he ‘confessed’ to his crimes.
Reprieve said both men were sentenced to death at the end of ‘sham trials’ when they were denied access to lawyers.
It claimed they were held for months in solitary confinement and their convictions were solely based on their ‘confessions’ which were extracted under torture.
At his trial, al-Hawaj was convicted on cyber crime charges including spreading information on WhatsApp ‘as proscribed by the cyber crime bill’ and sentenced to death.
Abdulkarim al-Hawaj was beheaded in Saudi Arabia after being arrested as a teenager for spreading details about peaceful protests on WhatsApp
Another victim, Hussein Mohammed al-Musallam, said in court: ‘Nothing in these confessions is correct and I cannot prove that I was forced to do it. But medical reports … show the effects of torture on my body.’
State-run media said on Tuesday those executed had ‘adopted extremist ideologies and formed terrorist cells with the aim of spreading chaos and provoking sectarian strife’.
The U.N. human rights chief condemned the beheadings, saying most were minority Shi’ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced.
The sentences were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shiite minority.
Three other prisoners who were under 18 at the time of their alleged crimes, Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher, remain on death row.
Al-Marhoon told Reprieve he was tortured and made to sign a blank document, to which Saudi officials then added his ‘confession’.
Executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom are usually carried out by beheading.
At least 100 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to a count based on official data released by SPA.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (pictured) slammed Mohammed Bin Salman on Tuesday over the execution of al-Sweikat
Abdullah al-Zaher (left) and Dawood al-Marhoon (right) were also sentenced to death for crimes they allegedly committed under the age of 18. Under international law, this is strictly prohibited and they remain on death row
Last year, the oil-rich Gulf state carried out the death sentences of 149 people, according to Amnesty International, which said only Iran was known to have executed more people.
Rights experts have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trials in Saudi Arabia, governed under a strict form of Islamic law.
People convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking face the death penalty, which the government says is a deterrent for further crime.