Britain’s Metro newspaper reports:
Five of the 37 men beheaded by Saudi Arabia were gay, according to a confession heard by the Sharia law court. The country sparked outrage several days ago for the mass execution of the men, who were mainly minority Shia Muslims. Human rights groups have complained that confessions of terrorism and spying for Iran were obtained through torture.
Now it has emerged that one of the men allegedly admitted to having sex with four of his co-accused ‘terrorists.’ Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Gulf State, ruled over by King Salman. The deaths were said to act as a warning to others and also a political move to impress the USA.
Documents obtained by CNN show that far from owning up to their confessions, some of the men in the Awamiya case repeatedly told the court that the admissions were false and had been obtained through torture.
In some cases, the suspects said they had provided nothing more than their thumbprints to sign off on confessions which they claimed had been written by their torturers.
“Those aren’t my words,” said one of the accused, Munir al-Adam, during the trial, according to the documents. “I didn’t write a letter. This is defamation written by the interrogator with his own hand.” The 27-year-old, who was partially blind and deaf, was named as one of the men executed.