Saudi Arabia Executes 153 In 2016

Tyler Durden's picture

The final numbers are in, and according to AFP, Saudi Arabia carried out 153 executions in 2016 based on official announcements, fractionally lower than the year before.

As AFP adds, the ultra-conservative kingdom is one of the world’s most prolific executioners and has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death. Once charged, the likelihood of avoiding a terminal sentence is nominal.

The total number of executions in 2016 was 5 less than the year prior: according to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia carried out at least 158 death sentences in 2015, coming third after Iran and Pakistan. According to Amnesty, 2015 saw the highest number of executions in Saudi Arabia in the past two decades. The official figures do not include secretive China, where it is estimated that over 1,000 people were executed in2015.

Murder and drug trafficking cases account for the majority of Saudi executions, although 47 people were put to death for “terrorism” offenses on a single day in January. They included prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, whose execution prompted Iranian protesters to torch Saudi diplomatic missions, leading Riyadh to sever relations.

Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword in public, an event meant to draw a crowd and serve as a deterrent to future "criminals."

The level of executions was criticized today by Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International UK's head of policy and government affairs, who said the kingdom is 'making a mockery of justice."

Hogarth told the Independent: 'The death penalty is always cruel and unnecessary, but the Saudi justice system lacks evens the basics of a fair trial system.

'It's truly frightening that its courts are sentencing so many people to death… Saudi Arabia is making a mockery of justice and dozens of people are paying with their lives.

'It's time that 'strategic allies' like the UK started speaking out about this shocking state of affairs. For too long Downing Street has bent over backwards to avoid 'offending' the Saudi royals.

He was referring to the UK government's relationship with the Saudis; in the US the Obama administration has never opined adversely to the Saudi mass execution spree, which amounts to roughly one execution every two days. Instead, in the US Saudi Arabia has another concern, namely the recently passed - despite Obama's veto - Sept11 law allowing victims of the 2001 terrorist attack to sue Saudi Arabia and seek retribution, a law which the Saudis have been actively lobbying against in recent months.

It remains to be seen if the Trump administration will have more vocal stance against the prolific mass executions by Saudi Kingdom.

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Skiprrrdog's picture

Pfffttt...Obortion the Brown(ish) Clown hits that number with one wedding party.. amateurs...

Sudden Debt's picture

Okay, he killed about 3 million citizens in his term...

but wasn't it the new york times that said he was a man of peace?

All I say, he who hasn't killed 3 million people throw the first rock at him...

okay... let's give the man a fighting chance... a grain of salt, throw a grain of salt.

Skiprrrdog's picture

That is his motto he co-opted: One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic...

AnonymousCitizen's picture

I guess they don't count execution by drone. USA USA USA We're numebr one!

Manthong's picture

“Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword in public, an event meant to draw a crowd and serve as a deterrent to future "criminals."”

At least regarding Saudi Arabia.. that noose ought to be a scimitar.


tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) Manthong Jan 1, 2017 9:15 PM

Getting rid of criminals is better than being an Israeli apartheid state.

Sudden Debt's picture

I can come up with about 153 political names that would turn America in the lead on that game...


Sudden Debt's picture

Once Muslims take over in America, that will be the daily quota!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Look at the bright side: The US beat out Russia.

ISEEIT's picture

Ya'll are just getting mean now.

Be nice?

They really don't get it.


boattrash's picture

You're right, it's getting mean...but what I want to know, is when will they execute the remaining 31.52 million?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Suggestion: Start at the Top.

max_leering's picture

Saudi Arabia- Clinton Foundation kind of donors

Normalcy Bias's picture

Sure the Saudis sentence homosexuals and rape victims to death... but Hillary is the champion of homosexuals and women!

max_leering's picture

and Bill the Horndog is the champion of Rapists, worldwide

Gead's picture

Look at the bright side!!! The 3 muslim countries total MORE than China. And to be bluntly honest - good. Let them hang all their citizens for all I care. They're all inbred, insane and violent. Best thing we could hope for is our liberal female politicians to go for extended visits to those countries and 'demand' their equal rights. Hell, send the perverted abominations that fly the rainbow flag as well. Be a good object lesson in reality for the whole damned bunch.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Jan 1, 2017 6:47 PM

And this would be interesting because.....?

two hoots's picture

It was a slow year.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 1, 2017 6:53 PM

Fucking barbarians. They still kill people for apostasy.

Kyddyl's picture

And how many has the US executed this year? Why don't we hear about THAT anymore? 

Shed Boy's picture

because we don't execute very many. You kill somebody, go to prison, get 3 meals a day, a college education and a boyfriend. Maybe we should follow Saudi's lead. lets start with the bankers and swamp people....if Trump will quit giving them positions in the government. Sad... the people we should be hanging are the new leaders of our country.

Publius Maximus's picture

> if Trump will quit giving them positions in the government. Sad... the people we should be hanging are the new leaders of our country.


Oh, so the "Wallstreet president" Obama didn't have money people in his government? Already forget the Podesta leaks?

When will the American people finally wake up and get to the people really responsible?

(hint: they aren't in the big two parties)


buzzsaw99's picture

only 153, yeah, right.

wisebastard's picture

god damn that is more than the DNC

JailBanksters's picture

Only a 153 that were known because they had Family.

But that's Okay, because they are Allies of the USA and are NOT butchers.

Which is quite different from Terrorists doing a dozen a year.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Too bad we can't pick Chiraq up and set them smack dab in the middle of SA.  They would clean the gang bangin' up with a quickness.

odious debt's picture

Chicago eliminated 741

And the great majority of them "dindu nuffin".

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Yes.... a city of 'gentle giants'.

Rey dTutto's picture

Yep. There is a running tally (and more) @

Annual, monthly, weekly, and daily shot & killed numbers from all of Chicagostan.

Implied Violins's picture

Saudi Arabia should be represented by a headsman with a sword, not a rope...

MaxThrust's picture

May be  we  should be focusing a little more on Iran. I was surprised they  executed so many. I bet the 977 executions did not include any mullahs. What a pitty.

whatamaroon's picture

Heads will roll as they say in Saudi Aribia.

Kina's picture

And the only one to execute corrupt bankers, government execs, politicians.....China

China has 1bn+ population.

I wonder what the rate of execution per 'head' of population is...for countries


How many did their terrist thugs execute in syria?

Kina's picture

If the CIA were a country it would win the numbers game

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

Is that all? How many have the US put to death?

monad's picture

America sucks. Even this I have to do myself. I wouldn't mind if I didn't have to pay full retail & hide it too, with no tax break. How many people die every year? 2 suicides every minute, every hour, every day. I feel for you people, I really do. Please take a worm with you. Shumer, de Blasio, Holder, Lerner, Lynch and 6 living presidents and premieres top the list right now. The 2 popes. Gorby. Brown.

Pussies. Get some. Before they get you.

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Scrubbing Bubblez (not verified) Jan 2, 2017 12:04 AM

I knew a guy in Ohio who killed his girlfriend and tried to set her place on fire after she broke up with him. He got the death penalty at the age of 27. He is nearly 60 and is still on death row!

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Scrubbing Bubblez (not verified) Jan 2, 2017 12:05 AM

Hell, the Clintons are ahead of Saudi Arabia!

Blanco Diablo's picture

The Saudi who were given the choice of beheading or becoming fertilizer in Syria should be added to the count.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Dune Koons killing Dune Koons. What a great day. They are starting to lose their edge; they really need to try harder.

GCT's picture

Honestly who cares.  Thousands are killed yearly in the USA.  We actually need to execute those on death row and quit fucking around with cruel and unusual punishment.  What a joke a guy who raped and tortured a woman sitting on death row needs some sort of special death, please.  Save the taxpayers some money and just hang them.  Alot of crime would end in this country if we just tossed all the forgivers for killing people out.  Better yet send them to states that do not want the death penalty to take care of in their prisons.

You can forgive the person but you cannot forgive the crime.


mary mary's picture

Caught wearing an Alabama baseball hat. Penalty: death.

Caught wearing a Clemson head scarf: Penalty: death.

Caught wearing an Ohio State t-shirt: Penalty: forced to continue wearing Ohio State t-shirt.

all-priced-in's picture

435 + 100 + 8 (normally 9) + 2 would be a start.



Benjamin123's picture

Conventional crime kills hundreds of thousands a year. As long as no white phosphorus, mustard gas, cluster bombs or barrel bombs are used its allright. Besides, often a jail sentence equals death.