A youth to be crucified in Saudi Arabia over flimsy charges.
According to details, a young Saudi Arabian Shia Muslim, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was an activist and is on a death row since last year has lost his ultimate appeal case for his death sentence to be cancelled. After losing the appeal case he will be executed by beheading, after which his headless body will be crucified in public.
In 2012, Ali al-Nimr was arrested, he was 17-year-old at that time in the largely Shia province of Qatif. He was accused of participating in anti-government protests and possessing illegal firearm. Al-Nimr has frequently denied that he possessed illegal weapons. He was reportedly tortured to confess these charges after his arrest.
The legal charity Reprieve, stated in a statement, “Ali was a vulnerable child when he was arrested and this ordeal began. His execution—based apparently on the authorities’ dislike for his uncle, and his involvement in anti-government protests—would violate international law and the most basic standards of decency. It must be stopped.”
Ali al-Nimr’s case was highlighted by a US talk show host Bill Maher a few days ago on his show. Bill Maher urged his viewers to end being bothered about the American Muslim boy who was arrested few days back for bringing a clock to school. He urged his viewers to show some concern for the Saudi youth instead who’s going to be crucified for attending a protest. “If you haven’t used up all your heroism hashtagging for the clock kid, maybe do it for this guy,” Maher said.
On the other hand, Human rights groups along with Saudi critics are horror-struck by the nature of the execution and the insubstantial charges brought against Al-Nimr. The Amnesty International, stated that al-Nimr spent a short time in a juvenile detention facility before being transferred to prison when he turned 18, and was sentenced to death in 2014.
The looming execution of Ali al-Nimr is attracting considerable opposition to the United Nations’ recent selection of the Saudi ambassador to lead a high-ranking human rights panel. This appointment is being termed “scandalous.”