Saudi Executions: What They (Media) Won’t Tell You By Mudathir Ishaq
In a press statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior listing 47 people already convicted on terrorism charges in the kingdom. And thus, their execution. This, which has caused a public outrage and perhaps tagged politically and socially “inexcusable” simply because a top Shiite leader Ayatollah Nimr al Nimr was among the 47 convicted.
Nimr, who was convicted of sedition, disobedience and bearing arms. Nimr did not deny the political charges against him, others convicted was a top Al-Qaeeda leader Shuwail who was alleged to be in possession of arms, many others convicted were linked to bombings carried out on the city of Riyadh blamed on al Qaeda in May 2003 which claimed the lives of more than 30 people, as well as more than 30 attacks the following year.
Of course as expected, there were violent protests in Iran and east province of KSA mostly populated by Shiites. The Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran was attacked and almost burnt down, this perhaps was technically approved by the Iranian government as it threatens the Saudi government that it will pay a high price for the execution of Nimr. Nigeria received similar threats after a major crackdown by the gallant Nigerian Army on the morally-sick zakzaky led shia, but alas! It was just an ephemeral.
Because the media is been controlled by them, they will purport all forms of propaganda forgetting the heinous crimes perpetrated by these convicts, and perhaps because most of us don’t read beyond headlines , we are forced to believed what’s on the cover page of any local and digital media. And when Iran executes people, they never get such negative publicity.
Iran itself has executed a lot of Sunni men and many of death row, despite prolonged efforts by human rights organizations, six Sunni men were hanged in the early morning of March 4, 2015 at Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran. Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molai, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Sedigh Mohammadi and Seyed Hadi Hosseini all belonged to the Sunni sect of Islam, which is much persecuted by the mostly Shi’a Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Iranian authorities are executing them over charges that appear to be fabricated and after grossly unfair trials,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is well known for persecuting, torturing and executing members of religious minorities with no adverse consequences, despite outcries from international governments and human rights organizations around the world.
The charges for all six men were “enmity of God,” punishable by death in Iran’s present penal code. They were among 33 Sunni men currently on death row in Iran. All of the men maintain that they were targeted solely because they practiced or promoted their faith, such as taking part in Sunni religious seminars, distributing Sunni religious reading materials and participating in religious gatherings.
Do you hear this on CNN, Aljazeera, more or less of Press TV? Wake up!