On Monday, state media reported that Saudi Arabia has carried out the execution of two Bahrainis suspected of organizing terrorist operations, bringing the total number of killings of this kind to nine so far this month.
Jaafar Sultan and Sadiq Thamer, both of whom are citizens of Bahrain, have been accused of “joining a terrorist cell led by a man wanted in Bahrain,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The statement was made by the Saudi government.
Since May 2, Saudi Arabia, one of the countries that uses the death penalty the most frequently, has carried out nine executions of terrorism convictions. All but one of these executions took place in the eastern portion of the country, which is home to the Shiite minority.
According to a calculation conducted by the AFP that is based on stories from official media, there have been more than 40 people put to death in Saudi Arabia so far in 2018.
An international uproar was caused by the fact that Saudi Arabia carried out 147 executions in 2022, including 81 in a single day, all of which were carried out for terrorism-related offenses.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the two individuals from Bahrain “received training in camps belonging to terrorist entities that aim to destabilize the security of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.”
They were also accused of aiding “terrorists” in Saudi Arabia by transporting explosive materials and supporting preparations to carry out terrorist activities in the kingdom and in Bahrain. This accusation was made in conjunction with the previous one.
According to a report that was released earlier this year by Reprieve and the European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, more than one thousand people have had their death sentences carried out in Saudi Arabia since King Salman came to power in 2015.
In recent years, the kingdom of Bahrain has also carried out executions for individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses. Iran is accused of providing support and shelter to terrorists by Bahrain, which is an accusation that Tehran denies.