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Saudi beheads citizen for murder

AFP , Sunday 2 Feb 2014
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Saudi authorities beheaded a citizen in the northeastern city of Arar on Sunday after he was convicted of murder, the interior ministry said.

Habib al-Shammari was accused of killing fellow tribesman Mishaal al-Shammari following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

The execution was the fourth carried out this year in Saudi Arabia, which beheaded 78 people in 2013, according to an AFP count.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the conservative kingdom's strict version of Islamic sharia law.

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