Saudi Arabia’s Mass Executions: Who they were and What they did?

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by Talal Mohammed Al-Faisal

Only when the defendant/ has been found guilty by all three courts is the sentence carried out

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had executed 81 men. Here are the details about who they were and what they did.

But before we get into that, we need to understand a little background about the legal process in Saudi Arabia. 

There are several stages to the process starting with the Criminal Court. When someone is found guilty of a capital crime in that court, the case then moves to the Appellate Court. If they are still found guilty, the case moves to the Supreme Court.

If either the Appellate Court or the Supreme Court finds the defendant/s not guilty, the case goes back to the Criminal Court for a retrial. Only when the defendant/ has been found guilty by all three courts is the sentence carried out.

Now, what have all three courts found the different defendants guilty of:

SerialNameNationalityCrime
1Osama RajhiYemeniFound guilty of killing a policeman under ISIS’ instruction, and then taking a video of his crime.
2Yazid AbunayanSaudiFound guilty of killing two policemen and targeting several others including Saudi citizens and foreigners under the orders of ISIS.
3Nawaf AlanaziSaudiFound guilty of killing two policemen and targeting several others including Saudi citizens and foreigners under the orders of ISIS.
4Haitham MukhtarSaudiFound guilty of participating the killing of two policemen and injuring a third one, gravely injuring Saudi residents, targeting a security building, and vandalizing other public buildings.
5Khalil ZahraniSaudiKilled two policemen and joining a terrorist organization.
6Muhsin MusbihSaudiTargeted policemen and killed one of them, armed robbery & financing terrorism and terrorist activities.
7Mudy OtaibiSaudiFound guilty of stabbing a policeman multiple times, leading to his death under the order of ISIS.
8Saleh SuhaibaniSaudiFound guilty of killing a policeman and joining Al Qaeda.
9Hakem ButainiYemeniFound guilty of killing two policemen, forming a Houthi terrorist cell, planting a mine on a public road and smuggling weapons, ammunition, and grenade.
10Haidar ShawthaniYemeniFound guilty of killing two policemen, forming a Houthi terrorist cell, planting a mine on a public road and smuggling weapons, ammunition, and grenade.
11Ibrahim BahriYemeniFound guilty of killing two policemen, forming a Houthi terrorist cell, planting a mine on a public road and smuggling weapons, ammunition, and grenade.
12Hassan FarajSaudiFound guilty of kidnapping, torturing, and then killing a policeman, forming terrorist cells, committing highway banditry in which he kidnapped, tortured, and raped his victims.
13Abdullah QahtaniSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
14Tariq MutairiSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
15Khaled AniziSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
16Marwan ThafarSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
17Riyad HarbiSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
18Bassam HamidSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
19Fayez RashidiSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
20Ahmed MutairiSaudiFound guilty of opening fire at a gathering in the village in Al Ahsa leading to the death of several people, among them children and injuring others, as well as the killing of several policemen and injuring others.
21Saleh OrainiSaudiFound guilty of killing their mother and attempted murder of their father and brother, and promoting terrorist ideology.
22Khaled OrainiSaudiFound guilty of killing their mother and attempted murder of their father and brother, and promoting terrorist ideology.
23Farhan ShamiriSaudiFound guilty of joining ISIS, killing a Saudi citizen, and the attempted murder of a Saudi resident.
24Abdullah AsmariSaudiFound guilty of shooting and seriously injuring at a Saudi resident, under the instruction of ISIS, and then attempting murder of several others.
25Fouad HakamiSaudiFound guilty of shooting and seriously injuring at a Saudi resident, under the instruction of ISIS, and then attempting murder of several others.
26Abdulaziz AsmariSaudiFound guilty of shooting and seriously injuring at a Saudi resident, under the instruction of ISIS, and then attempting murder of several others.
27Ali LeefSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
28Hussain KhalifSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
29Jafar FarajSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
30Hussein NabiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
31Majed GallafSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
32Mohammed JoharSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
33Jamal BanawiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
34Hassan RadwanSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
35Hussein AjamiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
36Mustafa KhayyatSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
37Ali AwamiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
38Ahmed AswekitSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
39Mohammed AfiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
40Aqil AbdulalSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
41Mohammed IsmaelSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
42Ahmed NabiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
43Hassan TahifaSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
44Mohammed HazimSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
45Mahdi ZanadiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
46Ali AfritSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
47Mohammed ShakhoriSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
48Amjad AwamiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
49Asad AliSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
50Hussein JashiSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
51Abdullah BandarSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
52Hassan GallafSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
53Murtada MousaSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
54Aqil FarajSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
55Hassan SheikhSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
56Yousif TarifSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
57Abdullah AmmarSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
58Mousa Mubaiwiq,SaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
59Abdullah AnsifSaudiFound guilty of the attempted murder of policemen, harboring fugitives, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, bomb-making and forming terrorist cells. As well as the trade of weapons, ammunition, bombs, and drugs.
60Rami ShammariSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
61Faisal Da’ajaniSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
62Aqil AqilSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
63Mazin SalamiSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
64Hussam JahaniSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
65Saeed ZahraniSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
66Mohammed SahloliSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
67Abdullah GhunaimiSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
68Abdullah OdaibiSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
69Fawaz HarbiSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
70Mohammed AnaziSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
71Issa LuqmaniSaudiFound guilty of forming an ISIS terrorist cell, making bombs and suicide belts, and training to use them, harboring fugitives, opening fire on policemen and police stations, and the attempted bombing of an oil installation as well as the stabbing of a policeman.
72Yasin Ibrahim SaudiFound guilty of communicating GPS coordinates with a foreign entity led to the targeting of a government building, harboring terrorists, cross border infiltration with the intent of targeting, security personnel and the planting of mines. As well as participating in the smuggling of guns and grenades.
73Fares MajnahiYemeniFound guilty of communicating GPS coordinates with a foreign entity led to the targeting of a government building, harboring terrorists, cross border infiltration with the intent of targeting, security personnel and the planting of mines. As well as participating in the smuggling of guns and grenades.
74Ghanem SaeedYemeniFound guilty of communicating GPS coordinates with a foreign entity led to the targeting of a government building, harboring terrorists, cross border infiltration with the intent of targeting, security personnel and the planting of mines. As well as participating in the smuggling of guns and grenades.
75Ahmed KabouriYemeniFound guilty of communicating GPS coordinates with a foreign entity led to the targeting of a government building, harboring terrorists, cross border infiltration with the intent of targeting, security personnel and the planting of mines. As well as participating in the smuggling of guns and grenades.

Talal Mohammed Al-Faisal is a Saudi-based thinker. He writes and tweets about Business and Politics. He tweets under @tmafaisal.