Saudi Arabia – Execution of Arshad Mohammed: Statement given by the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs [fr]
(January 16, 2013)
France condemns the beheading on January 16 in Saudi Arabia of Pakistani citizen Arshad Mohammed and is concerned at the alarming rate of executions being carried out in this country. This is the 4th execution since the beginning of 2013.
France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium as swiftly as possible.