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A Saudi man convicted of armed robbery and murder charges when he was a minor has been sentenced to death for the second time after a first ruling was overturned, rights groups said on Thursday.
Abdullah al-Howaiti was arrested in 2017 at the age of 14 on charges of armed robbery and murder of a police officer in Tabuk province in northern Saudi Arabia.The ranger finds a strange animal: when he finds out what it is, he is shocked
He was first sentenced to death in 2019, and five other defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison for alleged aiding and abetting.
In November, the supreme court overturned Howaiti’s sentence and called for a new trial.
Abdullah was 14 when he was arrested in 2017. He was tortured until he ‘confessed’ to crimes he could not have committed
“The Tabuk (Northwest) Criminal Court sentenced the minor Abdullah al-Huwaiti in retaliation,” his mother Um Abdullah wrote on Twitter after Wednesday’s ruling.
‘After the Supreme Court annulled the first sentence for false confessions, today it dictates an unjust sentence like the last time.’
The Saudi human rights group ALQST condemned Wednesday’s renewed death sentence, tweeting Thursday that it followed “a grossly unfair trial.”
“The alleged crime took place when al-Howaiti was only 14 years old, showing that the Saudi authorities continue to apply the death penalty against minors,” he added.
In April 2020, the kingdom announced that it would end the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.
In October 2021, Ali Al-Nimr, a young Shia Muslim whose death sentence for protesting when he was 17 years old had been commuted to 10 years in prison under the legislative reforms, was released from prison.
He has several alibis: he was on the seafront playing football with his friends at the time of the alleged ‘crime’. Abdullah faces execution by beheading
Saudi authorities have previously denied similar allegations about the use of torture.
“This makes a mockery of Saudi Arabia’s claim to have abolished the death penalty for children,” the Britain-based campaign group Reprieve tweeted.
“Abdullah had an alibi and, as court documents confirmed, CCTV footage showed that he was 200 kilometers from the scene of the crime,” he said.
He was tortured into signing a false “confession”.
The wealthy Gulf country has one of the highest execution rates in the world.
A total of almost 70 people have been executed this year in the kingdom, according to an AFP tally based on official statements.