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Saudi Arabia Has Abolished The Death Penalty For Minors

Saudi Arabia Has Abolished The Death Penalty For Minors

The Saudi authorities have decided to abolish the death penalty as a punishment for crimes committed by minors. The relevant statement of the local human rights Commission was posted on its Twitter page on Monday.

"This is an important day for Saudi Arabia, this measure was made possible thanks to King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud. This decree will help us create a more modern criminal code," said the head of the Commission, Awad al-Awad, whose words are quoted in the document.

The statement also notes that the death penalty for minors will be replaced with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

On April 24, the authorities of the Kingdom decided to exclude lashes from the list of possible forms of punishment for illegal actions. As reported by Reuters with reference to the materials of the country's Supreme court, from now on, parks will be replaced by a fine or prison sentence.

At the end of 2017, Saudi Arabia announced the beginning of large-scale reforms and transformations initiated by the Crown Prince. Set out in the Vision 2030 program, they provide for certain liberalization, a return to moderate Islam, the promotion of the rights and freedoms of the Kingdom's subjects, as well as the diversification of economic sectors, the development of tourism, and entertainment.

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