Saudi Arabia plans to execute 14 citizens, after a trial linked to political protests, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Court documents obtained by the two human rights groups showed that a total of 38 defendants, including the 14 sentenced to death, were convicted of charges linked to demonstrations in the eastern province 2011 and 2012.

Most had been held in pretrial detention for more than two years, many of them in solitary confinement, the groups said.

Authorities in the kingdom have accused protesters of ‘terrorism’ aimed at destabilising the country. 

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