Saudi Arabia executed 175 people in past year, says Amnesty International

On average, one person every two days was put to death in kingdom, says new report, with figures for 2015 already ahead of those for whole of last year

Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the last 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released on Tuesday by Amnesty International.

The report, Killing in the name of justice: the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, said that between January 1985 and June 2015, at least 2,208 people were executed in the kingdom.

The report said at least 102 people had been put to death in the first six months of 2015, compared with 90 across the whole of 2014.

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