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10 WORLD Tuesday August 23 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has resumed sentencing teenagers to death for protesting against the regime, despite promising earlier to end the practice. Human rights monitors have recorded seven cases in which the death penalty has been sought, handed down or confirmed on appeal for crimes by minors. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who came to power pledging to rebrand the countrys image, ordered an end to its use on minors two years ago. Three boys whose cases were subject to international appeals had their sentences commuted to 10 years. It was later clarified that the change in sentencing would apply only in cases where the death penalty was not mandatory under the kingdoms interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. That included cases involving politi cal crimes such as protesting against the authorities. However, on July 31 a young man called Jalal alLabbad was convicted and sentenced to death on a range of charges including demonstrating. He was 21 when he was arrested, in 2017, but was accused of having attended demonstrations years earlier. On August 8, the specialised criminal appeals court upheld a death sentence against Abdullah al-Derazi, who was 19 when he was arrested in 2014. He was accused of participating in demonstrations, marches, funerals for victims, distributing water during the demonstrations, and assaulting public property. Prosecutors are demanding the death penalty for five other young men on trial for similar offences. The London Times Saudis revive death penalty for minors The Crown Prince. GAY ban Lifted SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has revealed the city-state is repealing a colonial-era law criminalising gay sex, though he maintained the government would continue to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman. The government will repeal (the law) and decriminalise sex between men. I believe this is the right thing to do, and something that most Singaporeans will now accept, he said, but added: We will uphold and safeguard the institution of marriage under the law, only marriages between one man and one woman are recognised in Singapore. Car bomb inside job aimed at Putin mates MOSCOW: Ukrainian authorities have denied involvement in the assassination of the daughter of one of Vladimir Putins closest advisers amid conspiracy theories which also claim that Russian spies were behind the car bombing. Daria Dugina was killed when her car exploded near Moscow on the weekend. Her father, hardline nationalist Alexander Dugin who is known as Putins brain is believed to have been the target. Suspiciously, Mr Dugin was meant to travel in the car which was blown up by a bomb placed in the vehicle but changed his mind right at the last minute, according to a family member. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The head of one of Ukraines pro-Russia separ atist regions blamed the blast on Kyiv. The Ukrainian regime terrorists tried to liquidate Alexander Dugin, but blew up his daughter, DNR chief Denis Pushilin wrote on Telegram. A Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak denied Kyiv authorities were behind the bombing. Ukraine surely doesnt have anything to do with yesterdays explosion because were not a criminal state, he said in televised remarks. Suspicion has also fallen on Putins own security amid rumours some want to depose him, with suggestions his FSB spy agency planned the attack. Russian historian Yuri Felshtinsky said the car bomb was most likely part of an internal Russian conflict and ordered by those with an interest in eliminating Dugin. The blowing up of the car was organised, it seems, by the Russian security services, he told The Daily Beast. The Ukrainian special services, involved in a deadly battle with the aggressor on the territory of Ukraine, are unlikely to be able to send their officers to Moscow to organise terrorist attacks there. A former member of the Russian parliament, who was expelled for anti-Kremlin activities, also suspected internal conflict. Ilya Ponomarev, now based in Ukraine, blamed the National Republican Army, which he says has a manifesto to depose and destroy Putin. A momentous event took place near Moscow last night. This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism, he said. Mr Ponomarev alleged the underground group was plotting similar attacks against other high-profile Russians, including oligarchs. Daria Dugina with her father. BEIRUT: Saddam Husseins great-nephew has been arrested in Lebanon on charges of participating in the worst massacre carried out by the terrorist group Islamic State. Abdullah Yasser Sabawi, 27, was reported to be living in the resort town of Byblos on the coast north of Beirut. The head of Lebanese general security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, confirmed to Iraqi media that Sabawi had been arrested on a warrant issued by Baghdad via Interpol. We are working according to international law and repatriation agreements between nations, General Ibrahim said. He is accused of carrying out criminal operations that resulted in the death of thousands of innocents, based on an Interpol warrant that has been enforced by Lebanese agencies. If the charges against Sabawi are proven, it will be further evidence of the close relation ship between Islamic State and former officers and relatives of Saddams Iraqi Baathist regime, who stayed to foment guerrilla warfare after the USled invasion in 2003. Sabawi is said to deny the charges. His father was among six nephews of Saddam (pictured) sanctioned by the US in 2005 for involvement in attacks on Americans in Iraq. His uncle, Saad Sabawi, who was also on the list, said that Abdullah had left Iraq at the time of the invasion when he was eight and had never been back. He said the family had first lived in Yemen and, when that country fell into civil war, Abdullah had moved to Lebanon. He had registered there with the UN for protection and had lived quietly for four years, he said. The gravest atrocity carried out by Islamic State as it swept through Iraq in 2014 was the Camp Speicher massacre, where its fighters overwhelmed a training base near Tikrit, Saddams home town, separated the Sunni and Shia recruits, lined up the latter and shot up to 1700 of them dead. The London Times Saddam in family link to IS massacre Ukrainian children climb on top of a captured Russian tank in Kyiv as Ukraine celebrates the 31st anniversary of its independence. Pictures: Getty KYIV: Russia could do something particularly cruel this week as Ukraine marks 31 years of independence, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned. Russia could try to do something particularly disgusting, particularly cruel, he said as Ukraine prepares for Independence Day on Wednesday which also marks six months since Russias invasion began on February 24. There has been speculation that Russia will put Ukrainian fighters captured during the siege of Mariupol on trial to coincide with the historical day. The governor of the city of Kharkiv announced a curfew from the evening of August 23 to the morning of August 25. We will not allow any provocation by the enemy. Be as vigilant as possible during our independence holiday, Oleg Synegubov wrote on Telegram. Kharkiv has been under regular Russian bombardment for weeks and two more civilians were killed on Sunday, local time. But Kyiv provided some provocation for the Russians when they paraded a number of damaged and captured Russian tanks in the capital on the weekend, allowing residents to inspect and even climb aboard the destroyed vehicles. kyiv fears atrocity on independence day
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