The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has upheld the death sentences of 14 men who were found guilty of various charges in proceedings which “brazenly flouted international fair trial standards,” Amnesty International has said. 
The 14 individuals were convicted of a range of offences, including “armed rebellion against the ruler” by “participating in shooting at security personnel, security vehicles”, “preparing and using Molotov Cocktail bombs”, “theft and armed robbery” and “inciting chaos, organising and participating in riots”, court documents showed. 
The men – who were tried en masse, and told the court they had been subjected to lengthy pre-trial detention in which they were tortured into confession – were originally sentenced on 1 June. 
The news of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the lower Specialised Criminal Court’s decision became public this week.
“By confirming these sentences, Saudi Arabia’s authorities have displayed their ruthless commitment to the use of the death penalty as a …