The defense ministry said soldiers were sentenced to death by a specialized court after a fair trial.
Saudi Arabia executed three soldiers convicted of “high treason” and “cooperation with the enemy”, with a statement from the kingdom’s defense ministry saying the trio had been sentenced to death by a specialized court after a fair trial.
The state-run Saudi news agency identified the men as soldiers working in the defense ministry. He did not explain how the men were helping the enemies of the kingdom.
The ministry also did not name “the enemy” but Saturday’s executions took place in the southern province bordering Yemen where Saudi Arabia has been at war for more than six years against Houthi fighters backed by the Yemen. Iran.
Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul and the detention of women’s rights activists.
Rights groups including Amnesty International have called on Riyadh to end the use of the death penalty, citing allegations of torture and unfair trials.
Saudi Arabia denies the charges.
Saudi Arabia carried out the third highest number of executions in the world in 2019, according to Amnesty figures.