Saudi beheads two Pakistanis over murders

AFP , Sunday 20 May 2012

Authorities in Saudi Arabia behead two Pakistanis after finding them guilty of two murders; a fellow Pakistani and another woman

Saudi authorities on Sunday beheaded two Pakistanis in the holy city of Mecca after finding them guilty of two murders, the interior ministry said.

Bashir Afridi and Rahmulwahab Abdullah, both of them Pakistanis, murdered and robbed Mohammed Haji, a fellow Pakistani, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

The two also killed a woman and caused the death of another, SPA reported, without revealing the nationalities of the two women.

His beheading brings to 28 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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