2016 Saudi Arabia mass execution

On January 2, 2016, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia carried out a mass execution of 47 imprisoned civilians convicted for terrorism in 12 provinces in the country.[1] Forty-three were beheaded and four were executed by firing squads. Among the 47 people killed was Shia Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.[2] The execution was the largest carried out in the kingdom since 1980.[3] Nimr al-Nimr was sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court on 15 October 2014 for "seeking 'foreign meddling' in Saudi Arabia, 'disobeying' its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces".[4] His execution was condemned by religious and political figures and human rights groups. The Saudi government said the body would not be handed over to the family.[5] Al-Nimr was very critical of the Saudi Arabian government,[6] and called for free elections in Saudi Arabia.[7]


The mass execution sparked mass protests across the Middle East, during which protesters in Tehran and Mashhad burned part of the Saudi diplomatic missions, and the Saudi embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad was attacked by protesters and a rocket. The embassies were empty during the attacks. In response, the Saudi state severed ties with Iran.[8] The Iranian government condemned the embassy attack in Iran.[9][10]

List of executed peopleEdit

Out of the total forty-seven people executed, forty-five were Saudis, one was Egyptian, and one was Chadian.[11]

  • Ameen Mohammed Abdullah Al Aqala (Saudi)
  • Anwar Abdulrahman Khalil Al-Najjar (Saudi)
  • Badr bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Badr (Saudi)
  • Bandar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Ghaith (Saudi)
  • Hassan Hadi bin Shuja'a Al-Masareer (Saudi)
  • Hamad bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Humaidi (Saudi)
  • Khalid Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Jarallah (Saudi)
  • Ridha Abdulrahman Khalil Al-Najjar (Saudi)
  • Saad Salamah Hameer (Saudi)
  • Salah bin Saeed bin Abdulraheem Al-Najjar (Saudi)
  • Salah bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Hussain (Saudi)
  • Saleh bin Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Shamsan (Saudi)
  • Saleh bin Ali bin Saleh Al-Juma'ah (Saudi)
  • Adel bin Saad bin Jaza' Al-Dhubaiti (Saudi)
  • Adel Mohammed Salem Abdullah Yamani (Saudi)
  • Abduljabbar bin Homood bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi)
  • Abdulrahman Dhakheel Faleh Al-Faleh (Saudi)
  • Abdullah Sayer Moawadh Massad Al-Mohammadi (Saudi)
  • Abdullah bin Saad bin Mozher Shareef (Saudi)
  • Abdullah Saleh Abdulaziz Al-Ansari (Saudi)
  • Abdullah Abdulaziz Ahmed Al-Muqrin (Saudi)
  • Abdullah Musalem Hameed Al-Raheef (Saudi)
  • Abdullah bin Mua'ala bin A'li (Saudi)
  • Abdulaziz Rasheed bin Hamdan Al-Toaili'e (Saudi)
  • Abdulmohsen Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Yahya (Saudi)
  • Isam Khalaf Mohammed Al-Mothri'e (Saudi)
  • Ali Saeed Abdullah Al Ribeh (Saudi)
  • Ghazi Mohaisen Rashed (Saudi)
  • Faris Ahmed Jama'an Al Showail (Saudi)
  • Fikri Ali bin Yahya Faqih (Saudi)
  • Fahd bin Ahmed bin Hanash Al Zamel (Saudi)
  • Fahd Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Buraidi (Saudi)
  • Fahd Ali Ayedh Al Jubran (Saudi)
  • Majed Ibrahim Ali Al-Mughainem (Saudi)
  • Majed Moeedh Rashed (Saudi)
  • Mishaal bin Homood bin Juwair Al-Farraj (Saudi)
  • Mohammed Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Muharib (Saudi)
  • Mohammed Ali Abdulkarim Suwaymil (Saudi)
  • Mohammed Fathi Abula'ti Al-Sayed (Egyptian)
  • Mohammed bin Faisal bin Mohammed Al-Shioukh (Saudi)
  • Mostafa Mohammed Altaher Abkar (Chadian)
  • Moaidh Mufreh Ali Al Shokr (Saudi)
  • Nasser Ali Ayedh Al Jubran (Saudi)
  • Naif Saad Abdullah Al-Buraidi (Saudi)
  • Najeeb bin abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Bohaiji (Saudi)
  • Nimr Baqr al-Nimr (Saudi)
  • Nimr Sehaj Zeid Al-Kraizi (Saudi)[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia Carries Out Largest Mass Execution Since 1980 – Eurasia Review". Eurasiareview.com. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. ^ Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric, BBC News (January 2, 2016).
  3. ^ "Mass Execution Is Part of Saudi Arabia's Long History of Horrors". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  4. ^ "Saudi Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr 'sentenced to death'". BBC News. 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  5. ^ "Saudi govt. secretly buries Sheikh Nimr's body". Mehr News Agency. 3 January 2016.
  6. ^ Gfoeller, Michael (2008-08-23). "Meeting with controversial Shi'a sheikh Nimr". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 08RIYADH1283. Archived from the original on 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks outrage in Middle East". The Guardian. 2 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Mass Execution Is Part of Saudi Arabia's Long History of Horrors". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  9. ^ Agencies (January 21, 2016). "OIC chief seeks healing of Saudi-Iran rift". Pakistan Today. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Khamenei realizes after weeks: Attack on Saudi mission was too damaging". Arab News. January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Staff writer of Al Arabiya News (2 January 2016). "Saudi Arabia executes 47 terrorism convicts". Al Arabiya. Archived from the original on 2019-07-20. Retrieved 12 January 2016.