A man smokes his last cigarette before being hanged for murder on April 1,2013
A man smokes his last cigarette before being hanged for murder on April 1,2013 © Yasser al-Zayyat - AFP/File
A man smokes his last cigarette before being hanged for  murder on April 1,2013
AFP
Last updated: August 27, 2014

Saudi Arabia beheads three convicted of murder

Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded three citizens after they were convicted of murder in separate cases, the interior ministry announced, bringing to 41 the number of executions there this year.

Nawaf al-Mutairi was executed in the western city of Medina for the machine-gun killing of fellow Saudi Adel al-Harbi in a dispute, a statement published by the official SPA news agency said.

Another Saudi, Naji Al-Mutleq, was beheaded in the southwestern city of Najran for shooting dead fellow tribesman Abdelhadi al-Mutleq, also with a machine gun, SPA reported.

In neighbouring Jazan, authorities executed Musa Dhafiri for stabbing to death Yehia Hamdi following a disagreement, the news agency added.

The beheadings increased to 41 the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP tally.

Human Rights Watch expressed alarm this month at the surge in the number of executions. Some 19 people were beheaded between August 4 and 20.

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

blog comments powered by Disqus
Stay Connected
twitter icon Twitter 13,558 linkedin icon LinkedIn 463
facebook icon Facebook 87,173 google+ icon Google+ 272