The Ministry of internal Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced on 2 January about the execution of 47 people convicted of terrorist activities, reports the website of TV channel «al Arabiya».
Most of those executed were Saudi citizens.
The interior Ministry reported that among those executed was a Shiite theologian Nimr al-Nimr, calling for changing the political system. Al-Nimr was arrested in 2012, during the events of the «Arab spring». Recently the Supreme court of Saudi Arabia dismissed his appeal against the death sentence imposed by the lower court. The meeting took place without the defendant and his lawyers.
Also executed were militants of al-Qaeda arrested in 2003-2006. They were found guilty of organizing and carrying out terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia.