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Abdullah al-Howaiti: Britain urged to help teenager facing beheading in Saudi Arabia

Britain has been urged to intervene in the case of a Saudi teenager who faces beheading despite being only 14 when he was arrested on a murder charge he denies.

Abdullah al-Howaiti, who is now 19, claims he was tortured into confessing he was part of a robbery gang that killed a policeman while raiding a jewellery store.

He was given the death penalty despite evidence that he was elsewhere at the time of the killing. The sentence has been upheld in the face of promises by the Saudi authorities to end capital punishment for minors.

Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West and the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, has now taken up the case, saying British intervention with the Saudi royal family had in the past been enough to ensure clemency in judicial cases. Read the full story in The Times.