SAUDI ARABIA: STOP THE EXECUTION OF ALI AL-NIMR
Ali Mohammed Bagir al-Nimr faces imminent execution for crimes he allegedly committed when he was just 17 years old. The evidence against him? A forced “confession” under torture.
Ali al-Nimr was arrested on February 14, 2012. He was not allowed to see his lawyer, and said that officers at the General Directorate of Investigations prison in Dammam (Eastern Province) tortured him to make him sign a “confession”. He was tried for offences including taking part in demonstrations against the government, attacking the security forces, possessing a machine-gun and armed robbery.
Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death on May 27, 2014. The sentence was upheld by both the Specialized Criminal Court and the Supreme Court. With all appeals exhausted, his execution could take place as soon as the King ratifies the sentence.
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Ali al-Nimr is the nephew of prominent Shi’a cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr who was also sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court on October 15, 2014. Among his alleged offences was calling for demonstrations.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most prolific executioners in the world, putting more than 2,200 people to death between 1985 and 2015. All too often trials in death penalty cases are held in secret and their proceedings are unfair and summary, with no legal assistance or representation through the various stages of detention and trial.
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