Man, 26, ''executed'' by Saudi Arabia after offensive photo was found on his phone following protests he took part in at the age of 17

Man, 26, ''executed'' by Saudi Arabia after offensive photo was found on his phone following protests he took part in at the age of 17



A 26-year-old man in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been put to death after an 'offensive' photograph was found on his phone following anti-government protests he took part in at the age of 17.


The young man identified as Mustafa al-Darwish was executed despite promises from the desert kingdom that the death penalty would no longer apply for offences committed when defendants were children, according to Daily Mail.


At the age of 17, Mustafa was reportedly been caught up in Arab Spring protests among the country's Shi'ite minority which swept through the Eastern Province region in 2011 and 2012.


Three years later, in 2015, he was arrested and accused of a range of offences such as 'seeking to disrupt national cohesion through participation in more than 10 riots'.







The then 20-year-old was released without charge, his family said, but police confiscated his phone and found a photograph that offended them.


Mustafa was then placed in solitary confinement and his family said he lost consciousness several times during brutal interrogation sessions.

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