Iran Strongly Condemned Citizens’ Execution, Summons Saudi Diplomat
Iran Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s charge de affairs on Sunday to express its strong protest over execution of three of its nationals on the charge of ‘carryuing drugs’.
The Saudi diplomat, Ahmad Al-Muwaled, was reminded on his government’s international commitments under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Rights, IRNA reports.
The Saudi government was also urged to prevent repetition of violating its international commitments regarding the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Al-Muwaled said he will shortly convey the views and protest of the government of Iran to his respective government.
Yesterday the state run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the death sentences of the Iranians accused of allegedly smuggling the drug, were carried out in the city of Dammam, the capital of the country’s Eastern Province, on Sunday.
“According to AFP tallies, their cases brought to 145 the number of locals and foreigners executed in the kingdom so far this year, compared with 87 in 2014. Saudi executions are usually carried out by beheading with a sword.”
The sentences, issued following alleged trials at courts, had been endorsed by the kingdom’s Supreme Court as well as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Rights experts have expressed concern about the fairness of trials in the Saudi Arabia.
The execution of the Iranians comes less than two weeks after Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was arrested with two tonnes of amphetamines, packed in 40 suitcases, which were due to be loaded onto a private jet. The plane was to head to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.