Saudi executes and crucifies Yemeni murderer

A beheading and crucifixion brings the total number of people killed by the Saudi government to 28 this year

by The Commentator on 27 March 2013 14:18

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Saudi authorities today beheaded a Yemeni man and then crucified his body after he was convicted of having sex with, then murdering a Pakistani national, the Kingdom’s interior ministry announced.

“The Yemeni citizen Mohammad Rashad Khairi Hussain killed a Pakistani, Pashteh Sayed Khan, after he committed sodomy with him,” said a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

The Yemeni was also convicted of carrying out a series of attacks and robberies.

The execution in the southern city of Jizan was followed by crucifixion, implemented by the ultra-conservative country for serious crimes.

The beheading the number of people put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year to 28.

In 2012, the country executed 76 people, according to an Agence France-Presse tally based on official figures, though the US-based Human Rights Watch 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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