Executions triple in Saudi Arabia

6 January 2012

The number of executions for crimes committed in Saudi Arabia last year has increased three-fold compared to 2010, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (OHCHR).

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including murder, drugs offences and witchcraft.

OHCHR says it’s also concerned about court proceedings and the use of torture to obtain confessions.

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