By Staff writer
The kingdom has executed far more than in six months than it did in the entire year of 2014
Saudi Arabia has executed another two people, taking its tally to more than 100 already this year – more than the total in 2014.
Turki Al Zahrani was executed in Jeddah on Tuesday after being convicted of murdering Ahmad Al Zahrani by stabbing him multiple times with a knife during a fight, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the state news agency.
Mohammad Al Otaibi was sentenced to death for shooting dead Ajab Al Otaibi during an altercation.
They are the 101 and 102 executions in the kingdom this year, according to a tally by Human Rights Watch, based on government announcements.
Saudi authorities executed a total of 88 in all of 2014.
Human Rights Watch said of the 2015 executions, 47 were for nonviolent drug offenses.
“Saudi authorities have been on a campaign of death this year, executing more people in six months than all of the previous year,” HRW Middle East and North Africa director Sarah Leah Whitson said.
“It’s bad enough that Saudi Arabia executes so many people, but to execute people convicted in nonviolent drug offenses shows just how wanton these executions are.”