Human rights experts express outrage at execution of seven men in Saudi Arabia

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A group of United Nations independent human rights experts has expressed outrage at the execution of seven men in Saudi Arabia despite repeated calls to the authorities not to carry out the sentences.

The men were executed by firing squad, not beheaded as is customary, on Wednesday morning.

According to reports, the men were charged with organising a criminal group, armed robbery and raiding and breaking into jewelry stores in 2005.

They were all convicted and sentenced to death in 2009 on allegedly fabricated charges.

The United Nations independent experts on extrajudicial executions, torture, and arbitrary detention say the United Nations and civil society organisations had called on the Saudi authorities not to execute the men.

A few hours before the executions, the experts made an urgent appeal to the Saudi Government and expressed serious concern about the way the trials were conducted.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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