Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed three soldiers who were sentenced for “cooperating with the enemy,” a statement from the kingdom’s defense ministry said.

Iran PressMiddle East: The state-run Saudi Press Agency identified the men as soldiers working in the defense ministry. It did not elaborate on how the men aided the kingdom’s enemies.

According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists.

Rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called on Riyadh to stop using the death penalty, citing allegations of torture and unfair trials.

Saudi Arabia denies the accusations.

According to the Human Rights Commission, a government body has executed 27 people in 2020, the lowest in years, down from a record high of 185 the year before.

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