Sunday March 13th: Personal statement regarding the recent article in the Saudi state newspaper Okaz on Friday March 11 about four men condemned to death
From Dubai I hear the following: Death sentences against four Saudi men convicted of terrorism have been confirmed by 13 judges, a Saudi newspaper reported, raising the possibility of a new round of executions two months after 47 people including a prominent Shi’ite cleric were put to death.
To me this clearly says that on Thursday or Friday a court upheld and earlier verdict. The three juveniles, including Ali al-Nimr, had their verdict upheld last year by the SCC (Specialized Criminal Court). There is no reason why the 5 judges in the Supreme Court would again hear their cases. (As far as I know.)
Therefore logic dictates that these four executions have absolutely nothing to do with the Quatif juveniles. There is simply no way these things are connected and I suggest we can all breathe a sigh of relief today.
Let me add that the Okaz article clearly states that the four where connected to acts related to Daesh.
The four, including the older Al Nimr, were Shiites who were accused of involvement in shooting policemen. – an act that has never been connected to Daesh or Al-Queda.
Lastly I do not ask anyone to stop the pressure upon the Saudi government regarding the three juveniles. Quite the opposite. But I do caution everyone in the future to be more vigilant when spreading rumors when there is little to no fact present. It hurts the families to such an extent that you cannot even fathom it. In this I include all activists and especially Reprieve and Amnesty International.
I have been contacted by hundreds of activists regarding this, as it always happens when rumors become news articles. As a result I contact all of my sources, many of them risking their lives when talking to me.
There is a small chance that I am wrong in this but, as the Okaz article clearly states, we will hear from the Supreme Court in Jeddah early next week. At that point names will be published. In my experience we will read about it in a Dubai newspaper.
I was proven right. All three contacted their families and one of the mothers even got to visit her son on Sunday. I have however, received information, that four men was indeed executed on Sunday. The source is highly placed in the US State Department and cannot be named. My theory, repeat theory, is that they are not publishing this yet – simply waiting for a more opportun time to go public. The other theory is that nobody, but the murderer executed Sunday morning, was killed.
UPDATE 2 March 17: Last night Saudi Press Agency confirmed the 73rd execution in 2016 Omar al-Rabie was killed yesterday. My thinking is that we can expect two more executions of “criminals” in the near future.
UPDATE 3 March 19: A week after Amnesty scared three families and thousands of activists implying that Ali al-Nimr would be executed the next day the facts are in. A WEEK later. Go back to the drawing board and change the way you work. Are you trying to get more paying members by publishing articles about cruxifictions that anyone could see would never happen?
جهود نشطاء في المملكة المتحدة – بريطانيا -مع نواب بريطانيون مستمرة لأجل حفظ دماء شبابنا الثلاثة #داوود_المرهون #علي_النمر #عبدالله_الزاهر
آخرها كانت رسالة رفعتها النائبة البرلمانية مارجريت فيرير Margaret Ferrier MP في (الحادي عشر) من هذا الشهر على خلفية انتشار خبر عكاظ المشئوم عن نية اعدام 4 أشخاص وربط الخبر بشبابنا الثلاثة. النائبة البريطانية رفعت خطاباً عاجلاً لرئيس الوزراء في (نفس اليوم) داعية الحكومة البريطانية للوساطة في الحيلولة دون إعدام الثلاثة المطالب بإعدامهم على خلفية تظاهرهم وهم قاصرون – بين سن 14 و17 على أساس ان اصغرهم كان عبدالله اعتقل وهو ابن 15 ربيعا –
التحرك من رئيس الوزراء في المملكة المتحدة – ديفيد كاميرون – السلطة العليا هناك جاء في اليوم التالي (الثاني عشر) من مارس. وذكر فيها أنه على علم بخبر إعدام الأربعة. وأضاف معلقا على النائبة : كما تعلمين حكومتنا خصصت تمثيلا منتظما عند الحكومة السعودية بخصوص قضية الشبان الثلاثة: علي النمر، داوود المرهون، وعبدالله الزاهر. ونظرا للتطورات فإن سفيرنا أوصل قلقنا لمستوى عالي الشأن – يمكن يعني أمير – في (الثاني عشر) من مارس. ولازلنا – هذا كلام ديفيد كاميرون – نعتقد بأن هؤلاء الثلاثة لن يعدموا
حركة شباب الأحرار
Labek Yi Qatif
This statement resulted in an article from The Gad About town and can be read here Savethe3 – TheWorld Is Watching
Raymond Johansen – March 13 2016
Human Rights Activist and Global Pirate Activist