Saudi Arabian government has executed 47 people in one day including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr after convicting them of Terrorist related activities that have occurred in the last decade.
According to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interiors, the executed men believed in extremist ideology, were members of terror groups, and they were convicted of plotting and carrying out attacks against civilians going back as far at an attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in 2004.
The interior ministry statement began with Koranic verses justifying the use of execution and state television showed footage of the aftermath of al-Qaida attacks in the last decade.
Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh appeared on television soon after to describe the executions as just.
According to the Ministry of Interior,the executions were carried out in 12 different locations and four convicts were beheaded, but no mention was made of the other methods of execution.