Two youths beheaded, tortured by Riyadh were just teenagers

Diana Alghoul – alaraby April 24, 2019

Two out of the 37 Saudi citizens executed by the state on Tuesday were teenagers when they were convicted for their support for democratic reforms in the kingdom, it has emerged.

Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was just 16 when he was sentenced to death for his political views in 2012. At the time, he was given no access to a lawyer and was held in solitary confinement for five months.

Activists say he was also beaten and authorities threatened to kill his family during interrogations. He then signed a “confession”, which many believe he did so after torture — making it the document the only premise for his conviction.

Mutjaba al-Sweikat, also executed on Tuesday, was arrested at around the same time at the age of 17. He was detained at the airport in Dammam on his way to Western Michigan University on the grounds of him allegedly attending a pro-democracy protest in the midst of the the Arab Spring wave of uprisings in 2012.

After his arrest, he was subjected to torture by being beaten all over his body and like al-Hawaj, he was forced into confession through torture.

The Saudi state claims they were killed for inciting “terrorism”. However, they were killed without trial. None of the indictments occurred with thorough judicial oversight.

32 out of the 37 killed followed the Shia branch of Islam, members of which are a minority in the kingdom and subject to constant vilification by the state in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi killing spree

“The Saudi state has a history of killing civilians — whether through mass executions like we saw yesterday, or consulates or through the killing of mass civilians in Yemen”, Yahya Assiri, exiled human rights activist and founder of watchdog Alqst, told The New Arab.

Saudi Arabia killed prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year.

Despite all three forms of killings he mentioned happen in different contexts, Assiri urged they are all related because of the extra-judicial nature of them.

“The Saudi state is a state that kills and tortures civilians illegally with no judicial oversight and has no problem in sacrificing its morals in doing so”, he continued.

He added that prior to previous years, Saudi public opinion is drawing away from the killings.

“Previously, when the Saudi state conducted extra-judicial killings, public opinion within the kingdom stayed quiet on the grounds of them being a security threat”, Assiri said.

“With the killings increasing in number and more Saudi civilian activists being detained and tortured, public opinion is beginning to shy away from justifying the barbaric acts”, he added.

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 Saudi Press Agency.

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, witchcraft and drug trafficking face the death penalty, which the government says is a deterrent for further crime.


6 responses to “Two youths beheaded, tortured by Riyadh were just teenagers”

  1. A girl i knew from college was a very attracative girl with enormous sex appeal
    she got in with a doctor who was in the saudi royal family
    she was running the relationship and when she fell pregnant demanded marriage
    they went back to see his parents who were saudi royals
    they really disaproved on him marrying an english white girl, but agreed
    she said she was kept prisoner in a gllded palace, the other women hated her
    she managed to escape under cover of the first gulf war
    and she told me that the saudi royal family are not muslims, they are jews
    i will repeat that. the saudi royal family are secret jews
    Sir Anthony Blunt claimed the british royals were also secret jews
    and that the queens mother shared small boys with him, he infered she liked to eat their flesh

  2. Trump’s Best Friends: Chop The Heads Of Children and Believe In Witchcraft

    This is what the USA supports, a country that slays children and believe in executing people because they are witches! How about that Trump? These are your best friends… child murders and witch believers!

    Either Trump is a class A moron or an out and out crook too!

    Saudi Arabia is run by a bunch of backward, thieving monsters. The House of Saud, or in reality the House of Horrors, is really just a family mafia that is using the name of Islam to terrorize its people into submission.

    Prediction: Every member in the House Of Saud will have their own heads lopped off one day, may it be very soon. When? Well, obviously the Saudi family are panicking now, since there is a lot subversive activity going on in Arabia (note I referred to it as Arabia, not Saudi Arab, the arrogance of that family!), now that there is a moron running Saudi Arabia.

    Hey Trump come out and show all that love for Mohammed Bin Salman now: which is more true, How Trump Loves Monsters or what the USA and Trump protects, maybe because this what they would like to eventually bring to the USA! Its definitely cheaper than the way they do executions now!.
    How does it feel to support a country and its “owners” where they chop the heads off children,
    Teenagers, that haven’t lived long enough to do evil have their heads chopped off and TRUMP supports this kind of brutality!, and you think that is bad. Here is a really sad story
    SIX-year-old boy beheaded with a piece of broken glass in FRONT OF HIS SCREAMING MOTHER, these are all Trump’s greatest friends!

    Where is the International community now? Usually so earnest to save people from there tyrannical leaders. You know, like how the US is creating the fictional story to lead up to an invasion of Venezuela,
    to save all those poor suffering Venezuelans – just more lies from Washington.

    The problem is that we have weak, cowardly leaders in the world. Even more so, people throughout the world in reality don’t really care about humanity. Do you care? Yeah you! You that is reading this piece right now. Do you care? Then what are you doing about it? Do you sit there and read comments like mine and just nod your head and agree or disagree? That’s all? How do you vote? If your an American, do you vote for the Republicans or Democrats? Why? You do know you supporting murder of 10s of thousands of poor souls around the world, don’t you? Or are you British, and just read and go along with the tide? Are you too cowardly to write about the truth? Well, think about this everyone, American, Brit or whomever you are, think about this right now. You’re inactivity is leading to many thousands of people dying all around the world because… YOU DON’T REALLY CARE!! If you did, you would do something about it. Certainly you wouldn’t vote for those criminal parties that have been sharing power now for centuries.

    That’s why wars come. That’s why cowardly, evil monsters can create narratives to invaded and destroy countries.

    The reason why we have monsters in countries like Saudi Arabia is because people, LIKE YOU!, vote for monsters in your own country. And you know the old saying, monsters always stick together.

    Message to all humanity: If you want a better world, stop voting and supporting your horrendous governments, this especially goes for the Anglo countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) but to many other countries that keep voting for corrupt/dishonest governments like France, Italy, Spain, Greece — all of Europe actually.

    If you want a better world people, then start demanding your government to treat the rest of the world the same way as you expect them to treat you!

    And remember: as bad or evil as your government may be, they are only there because YOU voted for them. If you have a bad government, then blame yourselves!!! For the rest of you poor souls, like you Arabs, who can’t vote and are under monstrous regimes, at some point your going to have to fight and get rid of your evil government, otherwise, how many more generations of poor souls will have to literally loose their heads!

    We have to many bad/corrupt/and evil governments in the world. People its time we got together and started to do something about it. If you want better….THEN DEMAND IT AND IF NEED TO, FIGHT FOR IT!

  3. @Trudy:

    Not a year for the Jewish community. Anne Frank’s diary is proven to a fake. The 6 million Jews death of WW2 is a lie. And now Jews are trying to curry favor that people hate them. I wonder why?

    You know, a psychiatrist would say that this kind of self damage, that is defacing your own restaurant, is a signal to mean that you hate yourself. It seems like the Jewish community has a lot of serious psychological problems, if they are prepared to create such horrible stories about themselves.

    Come to think of it, even the Bible (Old Testament)/Torah illustrates a lot of the same behaviors that Jews thousands of years ago would inflict harm onto themselves as they are showing today. I wonder why?

    Its tough to be the “SOLE CHILDREN OF GOD.”

  4. I cannot see how we are going to advance as humans by hating each other. Exposing and extracting the sins and errors in eye of our own soul is a start, and from their we become more surgically proficient in exposing and ridding others of their evils. The only real hope to cure nations like SA, the UK, the US and Israel is through the quiet conversion of individuals until they are numerous enough to clean out the obvious corruption.


  5. @Fred

    Quiet conversations have been the norm for centuries. Keeping quiet only helps the evil to fester and take control and then do harm. Evil hates exposure, it hates a light shone on it.

    No Fred, we all must talk and expose the evil that there is in the world. That’s the only way to destroy evil, to say no to it, and loudly!

    Why do wars start? Because people stay quiet. Look at the evil that rose in Germany with the Nazis, while Germans just turned their backs. And now look at the evil that has been rising for 200 years in the USA! First the Plains Indians were massacred, did talking quietly do anything for them? Then the Americas, did all the quiet talk behind close doors in the United Nations help them while the US helped monsters like Pinochet to get and keep power? Now the Americans are murdering tens of thousands of people in the Middle East and Asia, is quiet talk helping them? NO, NO, and NO on all counts.

    Fred, pacifism is for those who want to be ruled by tyrants. Freedom, security and a wholesome life and lifestyle do not come by with a kumbaya mindset, it comes because you fought evil to have it. Evil loves to talk, because it knows that you will not fight it. And that is how the United States of America can go around the world stealing and butchering its way to keeping its economy afloat and their elites rich.