Saudi Arabia halts executions of those committing crimes as minors - statement

RIYADH, April 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death sentence on individuals who committed crimes while still minors, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) said in a statement, citing a royal decree by King Salman.

"The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution. Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility," HRC President Awwad Alawwad said in the statement. (Reporting by Marwa Rashad; Writing by Raya Jalabi; Editing by David Clarke)