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Saudi Arabia: Executions — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 1st February 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State 2:36 pm, 1st February 2016

My Lords, I am aware that there is a newspaper report to the effect that one person expected to be an adult at the time of his execution may not have been, but there is not yet proof of that. Certainly, with regard to three juveniles being held at the moment under a penalty that includes the death sentence, we have been given assurances, including most recently by the Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister, that those sentences will not be carried out. Of course, whatever we think of Sharia law—we may have different views on it—some countries have the death penalty and we need to work to ensure that it is removed.