Saudi Arabia is soliciting for eight new executioners, in a recruitment ambition which leading human rights charity Amnesty International has warned is symptomatic of an “unprecedented spike” of judicial killings in the country.
An announcement for the position was posted on the country’s civil service jobs website, states that no specific qualifications are required for the brutal role which involves “executing a judgement of death” and performing amputations on those convicted of less serious crimes.
The application form describes the executioners as “religious functionaries” and says that recruits would be at the lower end of the civil service pay scale.
Executions in Saudi Arabia have been increasing at a startling rate this year, with official figures released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency revealing that a man beheaded by officials on Sunday was the 85th person to be put to death.
In contrast, 88 people were executed in the whole…
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