The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has executed 37 people on charges of ‘terrorism’.
All of the ‘criminals’ were Saudi nationals, according to the country’s state news agency.
They were killed for “adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells”.
One person was crucified after his execution, a punishment reserved for particularly serious crimes, reports Middle East Eye.
The country’s state news agency said in a tweet today: “The death penalty was implemented… on a number of culprits for adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells to corrupt and disrupt security as well as spread chaos and provoke sectarian strife.”
Beheading is traditionally carried out in a public square on a Friday after prayers.
Deera Square in the centre of the capital Riyadh is known locally as “Chop Chop Square”.
It is not known how the 37 people were put to death.
At least 100 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to a count based on official data released by the Saudi Press Agency..
Despite an upward trend in the number of executions since 2000, Saudi Arabia is still in third place behind China and Iran, where between 249 and 285 people were executed in 2018. In 4th and 5th place are Iraq and Pakistan.
In 2015 the authorities in Riyadh advertised for eight new executioners because it couldn’t keep up with the rising number of death sentences.
It asked for no specific skills but said the job included “executing a judgement of death”.