Saudi executions reach 53 in single month

Published: January 25, 2016


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a Saudi tribesman convicted of murder, the interior ministry said, raising the number of death sentences carried out by the kingdom in January to 53.

Mohammed bin Awadh al-Zahrani was convicted of stabbing to death fellow tribesman Riad bin Saeed al-Zahrani in a dispute, it said in a statement on the official SPA news agency.

Mass executions: Saudi Arabia executes 47 over terror charges

He was executed in the western province of Jeddah.

Most executions in the conservative Muslim country are carried out by beheading with a sword.

Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder, according to an AFP tally.

Mass executions: Saudi Arabia executes 47 over terror charges

Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia in 2015 was the highest for two decades.

The kingdom practices a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:40PM

    Saudia: There, how do you like that?
    Rest of the World: Yes, brilliant, love it!

    Rest of the World then vents its anger on less influential countries.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 11:06PM

    It is a barbaric kingdom and Pakistanis should keep a distance from them if the Pakistanis wants to be a democratic and progressive State and be like any other progressive country in the 21 century. Recommend

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