The Saudi Arabian Specialized Criminal Court has commuted the death sentences of Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon, who were arrested as teenagers and convicted after unfair trials, and re-sentenced them to 10-year prison terms inclusive of time served, meaning that they could be released in 2022. Responding to the news, Amnesty International’s Deputy
Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Lynn Maalouf said:
“The news that these young men will not face execution no doubt comes as an immense relief for them and their families after several agonizing years on death row.
“All three young men were convicted following grossly unfair trials based on so-called ‘confessions’ extracted through torture. They spent prime years of their lives suffering the dire consequences of an unfair trial, and what must have been a painful ordeal separated from their loved ones for nearly 10 years.
“Use of the death penalty for offences committed by people under 18 years of age at the time of the offence is a flagrant violation of international human rights law.