Executions in Saudi Arabia Quadruple, Amnesty Says

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Executions in Saudi Arabia Quadruple, Amnesty Says

There was a surge in executions in Saudi Arabia last year, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

The kingdom put at least 158 people to death last year, a sharp increase from the 39 executions the human rights group monitored in 2006 (the yearly totals had been under 100 since 2001). The statistics remain inexact because they are based on periodic announcements from Saudi authorities, media reports and other sources, like the accounts of family members of those executed. The Saudi government does not release official statistics, and the Interior Ministry declined to comment on the Amnesty report.

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