12 SAUDI MEN AT RISK OF IMMINENT EXECUTION
On 6 December 2016, Salem al-Amri, Muhammad Attieh, Abbas al-Hassan, Muhammad al-Aashur, Taleb al–Harbi, Hussein al–
Hamidi, Hussain al-Abbud, Taher al–Harbi, Ali al–Aashur, Yussuf al–Harbi, Ali al-Mahna, Ahmad al-Nasser, Abdullah al-Khamiss,
Hussain al-Ibrahim and Abbas al-Abbad, were sentenced to death.
The families of the 15 men learned that their relatives’ sentences had been upheld, when some of them checked with the SCC’s
Court of Appeal for updates. On 23 July, the families were told by a court official that the cases had been sent to the Supreme
Court for review on 20 July. While 12 of the 15 men have had their sentences ratified by the Supreme Court, the sentences of
the three other men have not been ratified and the cases were sent from the Supreme Court back to the SCC with further
According to a lawyer that defends most of the convicts, all 32 men that were initially arrested in 2013 and 2014, were detained
without an arrest warrant and held incommunicado for almost three months, during which they were repeatedly interrogated
without a lawyer.
Since 2013, Amnesty International has recorded a spike in the use of death sentences against political dissidents in Saudi
Arabia, including the Shi’a Muslim minority. Amnesty International also documented the cases of at least 18 additional Shi’a
men currently sentenced to death. All were accused of conducting activities putting national security at risk, and were handed
death sentences by the SCC. Fourteen of them remain on death row and are at imminent risk of execution, after the Supreme
Court upheld their death sentences in July 2017. The 14 men were convicted of a series of offences including, among other
things, taking part in violent protests in the Eastern Provinces in 2012. They were eventually sentenced to death by the SCC
after a mass unfair trial, which relied on confessions extracted through torture.
Amongst the 18 other Shi’a men on death row and awaiting execution, there are four Saudi Arabian men who were arrested for
offences committed when they were under 18. Those four men include Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher, Dawood al-Marhoon
and Abdulkareem al-Hawaj”. Ali al-Nimr is the nephew of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric and dissident who was
executed in January 2016. The three men have said that they were tortured to make them “confess”.
See Amnesty International’s Urgent Action: Death penalty for juvenile activist, 3 June 2014:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde23/014/2014/en/ and Juvenile offenders risk execution, 15 October 2015:
The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty at all times,
regardless of who is accused, the crime, their guilt or innocence or the method of execution. Saudi Arabia is one of the top
executioners in the world, with more than 2,000 people executed between 1985 and 2016.
Name: Salem al-Amri, Muhammad Attieh, Abbas al-Hassan, Muhammad al-Aashur, Taleb al-Harbi, Hussein al-Hamidi, Hussain al-Abboud,
Taher al-Harbi, Ali al-Aashur, Yussuf al-Harbi, Ali al-Mahna’, Abbas al-Abbad
Gender m/f: All m
Further information on UA: 182/17 Index: MDE 23/9381/2018 Issue Date: 9 November 2018