Saudi Arabia is attempting to recruit more executioners, following a day in which 37 people were executed for “terrorism.”
No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgement of death” but also involves performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences.
The job advertisement for eight executioners was reportedly published on the civil service jobs portal.
The Kingdom was looking for executioners back in 2015, with more or less the same advertisement, according to reports.
It would appear that adhering to the Sharia-law and executing people when ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t the most attractive position.
Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s highest rates of execution: suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking face the death penalty.
On April 24th, 37 individuals were executed in Saudi Arabia. One of the convicts was crucified, according to an interior ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
“The death penalty was implemented on a number of criminals for adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells to corrupt and disrupt security as well as spreading chaos and provoking sectarian strife,” SPA said in a tweet.
They were accused and found guilty of various crimes: attacking security officers with explosives and Molotov cocktails, spying for Iran among other things.
Law-makers said the men were charged with “adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells” and harming the “peace and security of society”. One of the men executed was just 16 at the time of his arrest, according to Amnesty International.
One of the prisoners was crucified to serve as a deterrent to others. Another one’s head was impaled on a spike.
The killings were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province and Eastern Province, home to the country’s Shiite minority (which would presumably home Iranian spies).
Since the start of 2014, Saudi Arabia has executed more than almost 600 people. In 2018 the number sat at 140.
Statistics project that more than 170 people will be executed in 2019, which would be a record for modern times.
In the Kingdom, public beheadings will typically take place around 9 in the morning when the convicted person is walked into a square and made to kneel in front of the executioner.
The executioner uses a sword known as a sulthan to remove the condemned person’s head from his or her body at the neck.
April 24th was not the record for most executions in a day by Saudi Arabia.
On January 2nd, 2016, 47 people were executed for terrorism-related crimes.
Amnesty International claims that the trials of the suspects were “sham” and they confessed under duress. Meaning that guilt is established after the suspect was tortured for it.
The case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was also killed in an alleged “accident,” in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in November 2018 should also be recalled.