Akhbar Al-Youm: Saudi Arabia abolishes the death sentences of 3 young Shiites and reduces them to 10 years in prison

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Saudi Arabia has commuted the death sentences imposed on three young Shiites when they were from minors to ten years in prison, according to what was announced by the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia.

Ali al-Nimr, the nephew of the Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in 2016, was 17 years old when he was arrested in February 2012 for participating in protests in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province.

The Specialized Criminal Court had issued death sentences by cutting off the head of al-Nimr, along with Daoud Al-Marhoun and Abdullah Al-Zahir, who were 17 and 15 years old at the time of their arrest.

The time the three youths spent in prison will count and they will be released in 2022.

Al-Nimr has spent more than nine years in prison since his arrest. The state-backed agency told Reuters that the authorities had reduced the sentence imposed on Al-Nimr on Sunday, but that the sentences on Al-Marhoun and Al-Zahir were reduced in November 2020.

She stated that the time the three young men spent in prison would count and they would be released in 2022.

Al-Nimr’s mother said in a Facebook post to celebrate the news, “Freedom soon, God willing.”

The government’s International Communication Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A royal order was issued last year to abolish the application of death sentences against those who committed crimes while minors and to place them instead in juvenile detention centers for up to ten years.

The move comes more than five months after the Saudi Attorney General ordered a review of the death sentences issued against the three youths.

The review came on the heels of a royal order issued last year to abolish the application of death sentences to minor offenders and to place them instead in juvenile detention centers for up to ten years.

On Sunday, the Human Rights Commission confirmed that the royal order will apply retroactively to all cases in which someone was sentenced to death for committing an offense when they were under the age of 18.

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