Saudi Arabia – Execution of Abdallah Ben Fandi Al-Chammari (February 5, 2013)



France condemns the beheading on February 5 in Saudi Arabia of Abdallah Ben Fandi Al-Chammari, a prisoner who had been held for 30 years.

France again expresses its grave concern at the rate of executions in Saudi Arabia. With 10 executions since the beginning of 2013, Saudi Arabia is a country with one of the highest execution rates in the world. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, the deterrent value of which has never been established.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.