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They STILL crucify people? This is beyond sickening and disgusting.

Saudi Arabia Executions: Prisoners Sentenced To Death Appeal For Help

By MAGGIE MICHAEL 03/04/13 05:06 PM ET EST

CAIRO — Speaking over a smuggled cellphone from his prison cell, one of seven Saudis set to be put to death Tuesday by crucifixion and firing squad for armed robbery appealed for help to stop the executions.

Nasser al-Qahtani told The Associated Press from Abha General prison Monday that he was arrested as part of 23-member ring that stole from jewelry stores in 2004 and 2005. He said they were tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.

"I killed no one. I didn't have weapons while robbing the store, but the police tortured me, beat me up and threatened to assault my mother to extract confessions that I had a weapon with me while I was only 15," he said. "We don't deserve death."

A leading human rights group added its appeal to Saudi authorities to stop the executions.

Al-Qahtani, now 24, said he and the most of the ring were juveniles at the time of the thefts. They were arrested in 2006. The seven received death sentences in 2009, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported then.

Last Saturday, he said, Saudi King Abdullah ratified the death sentences and sent them to Abha. Authorities set Tuesday for the executions. They also determined the methods.

The main defendant, Sarhan al-Mashayeh, is to be crucified for three days. The others are to face firing squads.

Al-Qahtani faced a judge three times during eight years in detention. He said that the judge didn't assign a lawyer to defend them and didn't listen to complains of torture.

"We showed him the marks of torture and beating, but he didn't listen," he said. "I am talking to you now and my relatives are telling me that the soil is prepared for our executions tomorrow," he said, referring to the place where he will be standing to be fired at.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law under which people convicted of murder, rape or armed robbery can be executed, usually by sword.

Several people were reported crucified in Saudi Arabia last year. Human rights groups have condemned crucifixions in the past, including cases in which people are beheaded and then crucified. In 2009, Amnesty International condemned such an execution as "the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment."

Abha is located deep in the southwestern province of Asir. Southerners face systematic discrimination, and people there are perceived as second class citizens compared to those in the most powerful central region, where the capital and Saudi Arabia's holy shrines of Mecca and Medina are located. Political analyst Mohammed al-Qahtani said the central region gets the best services and treatment.

"The verdict is very harsh, given all the circumstances of detention and trial with no access to lawyers, but part of the problem is selectivity," he said. "If one person belonged to political heavyweight regions, the verdict wouldn't have been harsh," he added. "The south is marginalized," he said.

He said that no minister in Saudi government, current or past, came from the south. He said he was born in the south, did not know the family of the man who talked to the AP but is familiar with the case.

The Washington-based Institute of Gulf Affairs, which is campaigning for suspension of the executions of the seven men, said in a statement addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "amo

by Anonymousreply 1203/06/2013

If the muslim population would wake up and understand that they are mere pawns in a nasty game of ancient religion then they could live decent lives.

by Anonymousreply 103/05/2013

They still stone people to death, burn them with acid, cut off hands and gauge out eyes for punishment. This surprises you, OP?

by Anonymousreply 203/05/2013

They're such a primitive people.

by Anonymousreply 303/05/2013

If you are already dead, is it still being crucified? I mean that is like hanging a dead body.

by Anonymousreply 403/05/2013

Do you really think that these nations can be Western style democracies? Isn't that why we went into Iraq, and Afghanistan, to bring democracy to the people? Yeah, right.

by Anonymousreply 503/05/2013

Good point R5, They (the 1%er's) directly lied to us, appealing to our sense of decency and patriotism. Yet they knew, all along, that these nations would never, ever, be democracies.

They lie, they lie, they lie, and they'll lie again, telling us why we have to endure the pain of war.

by Anonymousreply 603/05/2013

They have oil, the worlds looks the other way because they want and need it. We are so dependent on Saudi Arabia that G.W. Bush went to SA and walked in the garden holding the King's shit wipe hand while the Arab world snickered.

by Anonymousreply 703/05/2013

They shoot horses, don't they?

by Anonymousreply 803/05/2013

The executions have been delayed.

by Anonymousreply 903/05/2013

If we would let alternative energy happen....

....but the politicians are in the oil business.

by Anonymousreply 1003/06/2013

[quote]....but the politicians are in the oil business.

I know...right?

by Anonymousreply 1103/06/2013

And yet, they're our friends on the Mideast!

by Anonymousreply 1203/06/2013
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