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Saudi beheads Bangladeshi over Syrian's murder

Saudi authorities executed an Bangladeshi convicted of murdering a Syrian man in Riyadh

AFP , Saturday 17 Nov 2012
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Saudi Arabia on Saturday beheaded a Bangladeshi convicted of murdering a Syrian man by bludgeoning him with a hammer before stabbing him, the interior ministry said.

Madhaheb Shanadra had been found guilty of beating Nabil al-Awdat on his "head with a hammer before stabbing and slaughtering him with a knife due to a dispute," said the ministry, quoted by the official SPA news agency.

Shanadra was beheaded by the sword in Riyadh, it said.

The execution brings to 66 the number of people put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Amnesty International says 79 people were executed in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom last year.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under its strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.

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