The family of a Saudi teenager set to be beheaded because he attended a protest when he was just 15 years old has pleaded for help.
Abdullah al-Zaher, now 19, was arrested in March 2012 after attending protests and is said to have been beaten and then tortured into signing a confession without being allowed to read it or consult with his parents or a lawyer.
He faced a range of charges from ‘harbouring’ protesters, participating in demonstrations and chanting slogans, to ‘concealing the offence of incitement’, setting fire to a car, and throwing petrol bombs.
Zaher was sentenced to beheading in Saudi Arabia's secretive Specialized Criminal Court in 2014 and his sentence was upheld this year, according to the human rights organisation, Reprieve.
The prosecutor requested that Zaher be crucified after he is beheaded.
Zaher is currently in solitary confinement awaiting execution, which it is feared could happen at any time.
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