Saudi Arabia terminates death penalty for minors

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has abolished the death penalty for crimes committed by minors. The new order states that any individual who has received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor will no longer face execution. Instead of the death sentence, the individual will undergo a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility. The new rule was announced by the president of the Saudi government’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Alawwad.

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Earlier, Saudi Arabia also abolished flogging as punishment, which will be replaced by prison time, fines or community service.

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  •  Capital of Saudi Arabia: Riyadh; Currency: Saudi riyal.

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