Eight Bangladeshis beheaded in Saudi ArabiaOctober 9th, 2011 - 4:00 am ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Oct 9 (IANS) Eight Bangladeshi migrants were beheaded in public in the Saudi Arabian capital after they were convicted of killing an Egyptian security guard four years ago, a media report said.
They were charged with robbing a warehouse and killing a security guard, Egyptian national Hussein Saeed Mohammed Abdulkhaleq, in April 2007, bdnews24.com reported Saturday.
Mamun Abdul Mannan, Faruq Jamal, Sumon Miah, Mohammed Sumon, Shafiq al-Islam, Masud Shamsul Haque, Abu al-Hussain Ahmed and Mutir al-Rahman were executed Friday in Riyadh. Three other accused were given jail terms.
Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the execution.
“Court proceedings in Saudi Arabia fall far short of international standards for fair trial and news of these recent multiple executions is deeply disturbing,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, the group’s Middle East director.
“The Saudi authorities appear to have increased the number of executions in recent months, a move that puts the country at odds with the worldwide trend against the death penalty,” he said in a statement.
The organisation pointed out that majority of those executed recently in Saudi Arabia were workers from poor countries.
Most of the defendants have no defence lawyer, have insufficient hold of the Arabic language to follow proceedings and in many cases they are not informed of the progress of legal proceedings against them, it said.
They also have no access to influential figures or money, both of which might have secured them pardons. Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, the web news portal said quoting the statement.
The beheadings bring the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year to 58, more than double than the 2010 figures. Twenty of those executed this year were foreign nationals.
- Gunfire in Cairo as clashes leave five dead, 600 injured (Lead) - Feb 03, 2011
- Five dead, 800 injured as gunfire echoes in Cairo (Second Lead) - Feb 03, 2011
- Five dead, 800 hurt in Cairo clashes, PM says sorry (Third Lead) - Feb 03, 2011
- Saudi man beheaded for murder - Jan 11, 2011
- Five dead, 800 injured in Egypt clashes, PM apologises (Fourth Lead) - Feb 03, 2011
- Violence against Egyptian protesters draws condemnation - Feb 03, 2011
- 'Critics of Egyptian authorities faced false detention, torture, threatened rape' - Feb 05, 2011
- Amnesty urges Saudi authorities not to medically paralyze man in "retribution" - Aug 21, 2010
- Pakistani beheaded for heroin trafficking in Saudi Arabia - Jan 31, 2012
- Iranian actress not to receive lashes - Oct 29, 2011
- Pakistani executed in Saudi Arabia - Sep 05, 2012
- UAE mourns death of Saudi crown prince - Jun 16, 2012
- Saudi Arabia recalls envoy, closes embassy in Egypt - Apr 28, 2012
- Saudi parliamentary delegation in India - May 07, 2012
- Al Qaeda publicly executes three for spying - Feb 12, 2012
Tags: al rahman, amnesty international, bangladeshi migrants, court proceedings, defence lawyer, executions in saudi arabia, faruq, foreign nationals, human rights group, legal proceedings, mamun, mannan, miah, mutir, saudi arabian capital, saudi authorities, shafiq, shamsul, sumon, worldwide trend