Saudi Arabia:Amnesty condemns trial of executed young Shiite

Al-Darwish guilty for joining a protest march when he was a teen

16 June, 11:25

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUN 16 - A youth of the Shiite minority was executed on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia after a trial that was "deeply flawed", Amnesty International reports. The youth was convicted for taking part in an anti-government protest when he was a teen. Mustafa al-Darwish was executed in the eastern city of Dammam for launching an "armed revolt" against Saudi Arabia's ruler with the am of "destabilizing the security" of the Kingdom, according to the official Saudi news agency. Darwish was arrested in May 2015 over his alleged participation in protests during the Arab Spring uprising that were held between 2011 and 2012, when he was 17, according to several human rights groups including Amnesty International.

    "By carrying out this execution, the Saudi Arabian authorities have displayed a deplorable disregard for the right to life", Amnesty said in a statement. "He is the latest victim of Saudi Arabia's deeply flawed justice system which regularly sees people sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials based on confessions extracted through torture".

    The organization Reprieve noted that authorities did not inform Darwish's family of the execution. The family learned of his death by "reading news reports online". It also denounced that the youth was held in isolation and tortured.

    In April last year, the Saudi kingdom announced that it would end the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18. "Once again, Saudi authorities have demonstrated that their promises are void", said Ali al-Dubaisi, director of the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR). (ANSAmed)
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