Saudi Arabia on pace to set national record for executions in a year

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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia is looking for folks who want to join their team, folks with a particular set of skills.

You don’t need previous experience, and this is a job where you can get ahead quickly. Even if it is someone else’s head. (Get it?)

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia had a shortage of executioners. This was especially worrisome because the Kingdom of Death was on a pace to set a record for the number of executions in a year.

Beheading is the most popular form of executions, or at least the most used.

All executions are in public and some show up online despite a ban of video recordings of executions.

A new report from Amnesty International says the Saudi justice system facilitates executions on a mass scale.

The report says the Saudis executed 102 prisoners in the first six months of this year, compared to 90 in all of 2014.

That’s an average of one execution every two days.

Amnesty International says many defendants do not have access to attorneys, and in some cases confess to crimes after torture.

An irony here is that Saudi Arabia is an ally in the war against ISIS, which executes prisoners for many of the same reasons as the Saudis.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, and sometimes there is no difference.