Saudi Arabia executes 12 people with swords even after Crown Prince’s promise to cut back

Saudi Arabia has executed 12 people in 10 days despite the Crown Prince‘s promise to cut down on such form of punishment, according to a human rights organisation.

Reprieve said the defendants, all males, were sentenced to death after being imprisoned for non-violent drug offences.

According to the non-profit organisation, which gathered data on this week’s executions, most of the defendants were beheaded with a sword.

Three of the men executed were Pakistani, four Syrian, two Jordanian and three Saudi, Reprieve said.