Saudi Arabia abolishes the death penalty for minors

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Saudi Arabia has abolished the death penalty for those sentenced for crimes committed under the age of 18, the government’s Saudi Human Rights Commission said on Sunday.

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the commission welcomed the adoption of the royal decree ending the use of the death penalty for minors, who will now be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in a juvenile detention centre if they commit a crime.

Mohammed bin Salman

“This decree helps us to establish a more modern penal system and demonstrates the kingdom’s commitment to continuing key reforms in all sectors of our country as part of Vision 2030, which is directly overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” the chairman of the government commission, Awwad Alawwad, said in the note.

The decision comes on top of a decision taken a few days ago to suspend flogging as a punishment for those convicted of crimes.

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