According to figures from human rights groups executions have doubled under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudi leader ‘most likely’ to have ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi oversaw double the number of executions in Saudi Arabia when he came to power, according to new figures.
The rate of people put to death spiked during the first eight months after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to power in June 2017.
Human rights charity Reprieve said that between then and March 2018 there were 133 executions, compared to just 67 in the eight months preceding him.
Among them were scores of migrants it claimed are typically forced to smuggle drugs in their stomachs.