Top Saudi appeals court upholds death sentences of 14 Shi’ites: paper

Source: Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s top court has upheld the death sentences of 14 men convicted of armed attacks, all of them from the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Arabic-language Okaz newspaper also reported that another appeals court upheld the death sentences of 15 people convicted of spying for Iran.

Spokesmen for the justice ministry and the Supreme Court could not immediately be reached for a comment. The court has the final say on rulings from appeal courts. Death sentences must also be ratified by King Salman.

Four Shi’ites have been executed this month for “terrorism” offences just as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalate following a visit in May by U.S. President Donald Trump to Riyadh in which he tried to rally Arab countries against Tehran.

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