Saudi Arabia executes prisoner convicted of protest

Pakistani man among 6 beheaded by Saudi authorities on criminal charges

Pakistani man among 6 beheaded by Saudi authorities on criminal charges

A statement released by the ministry named the convicts as Amjad Naji al-Moebid, Zaher Abdulrahim al-Basri, Yousif Ali Almushaikhis and Mahdi Mohammed Hassan Sayegh.

Usually violent Shiite youth are behind many attacks against civilians and police personnel in Qatif region.

On Jan. 2, 2016, the kingdom executed 47 prisoners convicted of various offenses, among them prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who had led protests against the government and its ultraconservative Sunni clerics.

In Iran, protests turned violent with demonstrators storming the Saudi Arabian embassy, prompting Riyadh to cut diplomatic ties with Tehran.

At least six people including a Pakistani national have been beheaded by the authorities in Saudi Arabia on criminal charges, involving murder and drugs smuggle.

The latest execution, carried out in a group in a single, day has sparked outcry globally, as the country is famous for its strict rules, mainly executing those found guilty of major crimes, including murder and smuggling of drugs.

It is home to numerous kingdom's Shia Muslim minority, who complain that they are marginalised and discriminated against by the Sunni monarchy.

Are the Saudis funding extremism?

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