26 Beheadings Since August 4 By Our Ally Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has enacted more beheadings than ISIS, but we stay silent about it because they are our friends.
Human rights groups say there has been an upsurge of executions in Saudi Arabia, after more than one execution per day in the first three weeks of August was carried out. To date this month, the country has almost doubled the number of declared executions in the seven months before August 4.
Charges have included murder, drug smuggling, and sorcery. On August 18, four members from the same family in the southwestern city of Najran were beheaded for smuggling a “large quantity of hashish”. The next day a Saudi national was executed in the northern city of Qurayyat for sorcery.
The Saudi Ministry of Justice has announced the execution of 26 individuals since August 4. In the seven months prior, 15 executions were carried out, bringing the total number to 41 so far this year…
Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, told Al Jazeera that Saudi law is based on two separate systems. In business matters, it is sophisticated. In civil law, however, Islamic courts retain jurisdiction. “What this has amounted to is Sharia courts staffed by judges who are completely disconnected from modern criminal law,” he said. “The amount of discretion left to judges is monumental”, so that “there is no way to guarantee a fair trial”.
According to Abou El Fadl, judges in civil courts have also become more vicious in their application of Islamic law, as they vent their frustrations against what they perceive to be the un-Islamic behaviour of foreigners or members of the royal family.[su_csky_ad]