Saudi Arabia is preparing to decapitate so many people in 2019 that the kingdom is looking to hire eight more executioners, who will be tasked with publicly lopping off convict’s heads with a giant, curved sword, according to the Sun.
Human rights groups are still outraged about the execution of 37 people in a single day last week, some of whom were murdered in extremely brutal ways (the head of one victim was impaled on a spike, while another’s headless body was crucified). One of the men who was executed, a member of the Shiite minority, was just 16 when he was arrested. He was killed on charges of ‘terrorism’ over messages he sent about a peaceful anti-government demonstration.
The Kingdom is on track to set a new record this year, as more than 170 people are set to be put to death in 2019, up from 150 last year. The country has carried out some 600 executions since 2014. Already, the kingdom has executed about 100 people this year.