Years ago, the Saudi authorities charged Bahraini citizens Jaafar Sultan and Sadiq Thamer with coordinating with terrorist cells abroad, especially in Bahrain, to carry out attacks inside Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia said it executed two Bahraini men on Monday, after they were found guilty of belonging to a militant group planning to destabilize the two kingdoms.
Amnesty International and other rights groups have criticized their trial as “extremely unfair”.
The Saudi Interior Ministry announcement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, identified the two men as Jaafar Sultan and Sadiq Thamer.
Following the announcement of the execution, videos appeared on social media purporting to show protests in Dar Kulaib, Bahrain, the two men’s village.
The Saudi statement said that the Specialized Criminal Court had convicted them of “spreading chaos and smuggling explosives to be used inside Saudi Arabia.”
He added that the group is led by a man who is wanted by the Bahraini authorities.
Bahrain has witnessed protests by extremist groups since they cracked down on demonstrators during the “Arab Spring” in 2011.