RNA – Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Muhammad-Hadi al-Musawi al-Safawi, the president of Anjuman-e Shari’ Shi’ayan in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, expressed his anger and sadness over the execution of 37 Saudi citizens including Shi’ah scholar, Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad Abdul-Ghani al-Attiyah, in Saudi Arabia, saying that the House of Saud targeted Shi’ahs, especially Shi’ah scholars, as part of a planned conspiracy against the country’s Shi’ah minority and a means to crush their dissent.
The Kashmiri Shi’ah scholar said that this is the biggest execution against the Shi’ahs in the history of the House of Saud, in which 34 Shi’ahs and 3 others were beheaded “in connection with terrorism crimes,” as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, human rights activists and intellectuals widens in the kingdom.
He said that Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human rights, has confirmed that Saudi Arabia convicted the majority of those convicted after sham trials that violated international fair trial standards and relied on confessions extracted through torture.
Hujjat al-Islam al-Musawi al-Safawi said that this was the largest number of executions in a single day in Saudi Arabia since January 2, 2016 when the kingdom executed 47 people for terrorism-related crimes in what was the largest mass execution carried out by Saudi authorities since 1980.
Among those executed three years ago were four Shi’ahs, including prominent cleric Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, whose death sparked protests from Pakistan to Iran and the ransacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.
His Eminence said that the government of House of Saud has gained more influence among Muslims and the Wahhabi forces have been able to continue to operate their plans.
He said that the oppression of House of Saud against innocent civilians in Yemen, Syria, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere is proof of this.
Hujjat al-Islam al-Musawi al-Safawi urged Muslims to respond to the enemies’ animosity by strengthening the unity in their ranks.
Those executed hailed from Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and Asir, as well as Shi’ah Muslim populated areas of the Eastern Province and Qasim.
The executions also took place in those various regions.
It brings the number of people executed since the start of the year to around 100, according to official announcements.
Last year, the kingdom executed 149 people, most of them drug smugglers convicted of non-violent crimes, according to Amnesty’s most recent figures.
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