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May 17 2008 | SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia

Rights groups: Half of all executions are foreigners

 
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World Tribune

At least 200 Syrians have reportedly been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.

Human rights groups said nearly 1/2 of all executions in Saudi Arabia during the past year were of foreigners. Some 158 people were executed in 2007.
On April 17, Saudi Arabia beheaded 2 Syrians in Tabouk prison. Both men, identified as Feras Al Aghbar and Feras Al Maktabi, were accused of drug offenses.
European human rights groups said 2,000 Syrians, including children, have been detained in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Newsline reported. The groups said about 10 % of the detainees were awaiting execution in connection with illegal drug trafficking.

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