A man arrested at the age of 17 on his way to a university in Michigan was one of 37 people who were recently beheaded in Saudi Arabia.
Mujtaba al-Sweikat was first detained at the age of 17 when he tried to fly to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to visit the campus where he was hired to go to college, which after the fall, the Detroit reported Free Press.
Al-Sweikat was arrested in December 2012 after attending a pro-democracy rally in the country earlier that year and was accused of armed disobedience against the king, as well as attacking, shooting and injuring security forces, civilians and passers-by.
He was also accused of destroying public property, causing chaos and disrupting peace, by participating in a terrorist cell, to make and deliver molotov cocktails.
The international human rights group Reprieve claimed that al-Sweikat was beaten all over his body, including the soles of the feet, and was convicted on the basis of a confession obtained through torture.
The beheading was announced on Tuesday in a press release from the Saudi press agency.
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Mujtaba al-Sweikat, who was arrested at the age of 17 on his way to visit Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, was among the 37 people who were recently beheaded in Saudi Arabia
Al-Sweikat was taken into custody at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam Saudi Arabia.
After being arrested, al-Sweikat was burned with cigarettes and his shoulder was milked during a beating meant to be his & # 39; confession & # 39; to be generated, according to Reprieve.
A representative of the organization said he was not allowed to contact anyone for three days and was kept in solitary confinement for three months. His family was not allowed to see him at the time.
Al-Sweikat was planning to learn the English language and take courses at the WMU pre-finance department, the Detroit News reported.
Congressman Rashida Tlaib attacked Mohammad bin Salman, known as MbS, who is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in a Twitter rant and accuses the Saudi leader of torturing and executing children & # 39 ;.
Tlaib hit the crown prince, the son of King Salman of his third husband, Fahda bint Falah Sultan Hathleen, on the execution of al-Sweikat.
& # 39; Saudi ruler MBS tortures and executes children. Already this year he has killed 100 people. At least 3 today were arrested as teenagers and tortured in false confessions. He killed them for attending protests! & # 39; Mrs Tlaib has posted a tweet.
Al-Sweikat (pictured left and right) was allowed to go to university there that fall in 2012. However, he never arrived because he was attended by a pro-democracy rally in the country earlier that year and was accused of armed disobedience against the king, but also against attacks, shootings and injuries of security forces, civilians and passers-by.
Congressman Rashida Tlaib (photo) beat Mohammed Bin Salman on Tuesday about the execution of al-Sweikat
Tlaib accused the crown prince Tuesday of & # 39; torturing and executing children & # 39; in a tweet
Shortly after al-Sweikat's death was announced this week, congresswoman Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, also expressed her concern about the murder.
& # 39; The violent murder of Mutjaba al-Sweikat is disturbing & # 39 ;, she said in a statement.
& # 39; Mutjaba had a bright future ahead and Michigan was willing to welcome him as a student. Instead, he was confronted with inhumane torture and pain that eventually led to his execution. & # 39;
Reprieve international human rights group claimed that al-Sweikat (photo) was severely beaten all over his body, including the soles of the feet, and was convicted on the basis of a confession obtained by torture
Dingell added: “Every person, regardless of where he is in the world, should have the right to speak openly without fear of persecution or death.
& # 39; At the moment I am in unity with the family and friends of Mutjaba. I will never stop speaking to anyone who promotes free speech and fair trial around the world. & # 39;
MbS has come under fire in recent months for alleged human rights violations, including the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad ibn Salman (photo), known as & # 39; MbS & # 39 ;, has come under fire in recent months for alleged human rights violations, including the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October