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Saudi Arabia: Death Sentence Imminent for Man Tortured over Protests

HeadlineSep 13, 2017

In Saudi Arabia, human rights groups warn an execution is imminent for a man who claims he was tortured as a teenager into confessing to crimes he did not commit. Amnesty International reports the family of 21-year-old Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was told Monday the Saudi Supreme Court upheld a death sentence for the young man over his alleged role in anti-government protests during Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 and '12. Amnesty says al-Hawaj is among at least 33 members of Saudi Arabia's minority Shia Muslim community who are currently facing the death penalty for alleged activities deemed a risk to national security.

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