Saudi beheaded for murder: Ministry

AFP, Monday 8 Jul 2013

57th Saudi citizen is decapitated for mudering a fellow Saudi in a dispute in Mecca region

Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens on Monday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow Saudi in the southwestern Mecca region, the interior ministry said.

Saleh bin Ali al-Shemmarani was executed for stabbing to death Ali bin Saeed al-Shemmarani after a dispute between the two, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

A total of 57 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of the year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, the Gulf country 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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