Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as form of punishment

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will conduct 9 million tests for the coronavirus disease after signing a deal with China on Sunday.

United Nations human rights experts made an urgent appeal to Saudi Arabia previous year to halt plans to execute them.

It comes a day after the kingdom abolished flogging as a punishment.

- instead, get the individual to a term of imprisonment not exceeding ten years in a juvenile prison, says in a statement.

"The [royal] decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code", Alawwad said.

According to the report by Associated Press, King Salman's son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is the force behind alterations in the law and loosening of restrictions.

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The kingdom has one of the world's highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Saudi Arabia eased curfews on Sunday across the country, but maintained a 24-hour curfew in the city of Mecca and in specific neighborhoods, according to Reuters.

Earlier the government chose to relax a nationwide curfew between 9am and 5pm, with malls and retailers allowed to reopen until May 13, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The contract was approved by Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor at the Royal Court and representative of Saudi Arabia, and Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Weiqing as a representative of the Chinese Government.

The decision by the general commission for the supreme court, taken sometime this month, will mean the punishment will be replaced by prison sentences, fines or a mixture of both. However, many people still follow this Islamic law in the country. Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia announced its intention to abandon its lashes of crime as a form of punishment.

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