Saudi Abolishes Death Penalty for Convicts Who Commit Crimes as Minors

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Saudi Arabia will no longer impose capital punishment for individuals who had committed crimes as minors, according to Okaz Arabic daily. A minor is a person under 18 years of age.

The President of the Human Rights Commission Awwad Alawwad welcomed the royal decree, saying  “The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code, and demonstrates the Kingdom’s commitment to following through on key reforms across all sectors of our country as part of Vision 2030.”

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Alawwad noted that the announcement comes just days after Saudi Arabia effectively ended the practice of flogging as a criminal punishment.

The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution.

Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility. “More reforms are coming,” Alawwad said.

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