A knife at a press preview at the Museum of London Docklands, on May 14, 2008
A knife allegedly used by serial killer Jack the Ripper is displayed at a press preview of the 'Jack the Ripper and the East End' exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, on May 14, 2008. Saudi authorities executed a Yemeni in Mecca Wednesday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow countryman, the interior ministry said. © Carl de Souza - AFP/File
A knife at a press preview at the Museum of London Docklands, on May 14, 2008
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Last updated: August 21, 2013

Saudi executes Yemeni for murder

Saudi authorities executed a Yemeni in Mecca Wednesday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow countryman, the interior ministry said.

Hosni Tawhal had been accused of stabbing Saghr Sulaia to death, the ministry said, quoted by state news agency SPA.

This brought to 61 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP count.

In 2012, the Gulf country executed 76 people, according to a 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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