Saudi beheads man for Bangladeshi's murder

AFP , Thursday 17 May 2012

Saudi man is beheaded after killing a Bangladeshi national in the Kingdom, brining the total number of executions this year to twenty-six

Group of Bangladeshis stage mock execution scene in protest of Saudi Arabia beheading eight Bangladeshi workers in Dhaka, October 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Saudi authorities on Thursday beheaded a man for murdering one Bangladeshi man and stabbing another during a bid to rob them, the interior ministry said.

Sultan al-Sahli, a Saudi, was convicted of killing one of the Bangladeshis with a blow to the head, and stabbing and wounding the other, said the ministry, cited by state-run SPA news agency.

Sahli wanted to steal their mobile phones and money, it said.

His beheading brings to 26 the total number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011 in Saudi Arabia, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.

The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic Sharia law.

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