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Saudi Arabia beheads citizen murderer

Saudi Arabia beheads one of its citizens after he was convicted of killing a relative, bringing to 39 the number of people executed in the kingdom since the beginning of 2013

AFP , Sunday 12 May 2013
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Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens on Sunday after he was convicted of killing a relative in the kingdom's north, the interior ministry said.

Awad Rawili stabbed to death Jazaa Rawili, a relative, during an argument , said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

He was executed in the northern city of Araar.

His beheading brings to 39 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to an AFP tally.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch has put the number at 69.

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

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