Murder, adultery charges: Three Pakistanis sent to the gallows in Saudi Arabia

Published: April 10, 2011
Relatives say the men have been wrongly implicated.

Relatives say the men have been wrongly implicated.


Three Pakistani citizens, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for the past 13 years on murder and adultery charges, have been sentenced to death by a Sharia court, according to their family members.

Relatives of one of the accused have asked the Government of Pakistan to take up the issue with the Saudi government, saying they have been wrongly implicated in the cases and have spent 13 years behind bars, besides paying blood money (diyat) worth Rs4 million in one case in 2004.

The three Pakistanis were identified as Rahmul Wahab, a resident of Charsadda, Bashir Hassan Afridi of Kohat and Mohammad Abdur Rehman, a resident of Karachi.

Fazl Karim, a cousin of Wahab, told The Express Tribune that the three men were arrested on suspicion of murdering another Pakistani, identified as Mohammad Yaqoob and a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan, in 1999 in Makkah.

While they were in prison, the bodies of two babies were recovered from the same area where Yaqoob’s body was found and so the authorities charged them for impregnating two Indonesian girls and later for forceful abortions that killed the two babies, he said.

His nephew Mansoor Wahab said that on July 17, 2004, a nine-member jirga agreed that the families of the accused would jointly pay the blood money (diyat) of Rs4 million to Yaqoob’s family The money was accordingly paid and a court sentenced the three men to 15, 12 and 10 years imprisonment, respectively.

Another court later revised the sentence and the imprisonment term was increased to 18, 13 and 12 years, while a third court further increased these counts to 20, 14 and 11 years.

However, on March 29, another court awarded death sentence to the Pakistanis. According to the family members, it takes at least three months between the death sentence and the execution and at present, they have been asked to appeal against the verdict.

Wahab’s wife, Shaheen, urged the Saudi king and the Pakistani authorities to release her husband. “My daughters need their father, and my husband has already spent 13 years in prison,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Somdet
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:06AM

    if this has been done by an US/UK court, all of pakistan would have been on road by now crying injustice. with saudi court, everyone tucks their tail nicely between the legs.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:25AM

    What kind of Shariah is prevailing in Saudi Arabia, where punishment periods change by different courts, when people have already spent 13 years, and have paid Diyat, then why the Saudi Government is changing its decision??? Saudi Govt laws are more harsher on expatriates than on their own people.Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:39AM

    No one believes Saudi justice. Their justice is only for the poor whereas the rich get away with anything.Recommend

  • A.Ali
    Apr 10, 2011 - 1:54PM

    At least their law is better than Pakistani law. thats why they have the lowest crime rates in the world. Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 2:57PM

    If once the penalty or punishment is decided, it cant or should not be changed for any reason. I dont think Islamic law has this kind of confusion.
    They would definitely be guilty and even in a place like saudi arabia adultery is rare but not zero. I met a watchman in Pakistan. He said he had intercourse with an indonesian woman in saudi arabia and now he has problem with urination. He wanted a check up. I really felt bad about that such a pure environment is corrupted by these pollutants.
    No matter how much corruption there is in saudi arabia, its far more better than pakistan but still not islamic and therefore not the best.Recommend

  • Qadeer Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 3:01PM

    i have never heard that any saudi or any arab has been sent to gallows, the victims are only Pakistanis… i Just hate arabs, the israelis are better than saudisRecommend

  • Umair
    Apr 10, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Dear ms Maria… Have you lived in Saudi Arabia….there justice system is so great that it has resulted in time magazine quoting that the lowest crimes in the world exist in Saudia…approx 0.1%…..
    can you explain how our justice system works and how successful it is???Recommend

  • Ravi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 3:56PM

    If this would have happened in India by now mullas would be jamming the nearest highway, burning government buses and shedding their crocodile tears on national TV’s , crying that it happened because we are minorities and muslims to be particular.Recommend

  • Ravi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 4:06PM

    Cutting limbs for small offences like theft, cutting reproductive organs for rape are the examples of the great legal system of arabia.
    For me its more like a jugle rule followed by junglees of arabia.
    In india the jugment may be delayed but not denied….. because its system by humans and for humans……..
    Hence i don’t agree in prosecuting offenders by becoming barbarians funda of arabia……Recommend

  • SA
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:29PM

    May be in india its delayed and not denied, but in Pakistan it IS denied. So the Saudi laws are definitely better than those we have in Pakistan!!Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:34PM

    @Ravi. Everyone knows you have grossly biased views with no real basis. It’s all rhetoric from your side, full of racism & prejudice. Don’t even know what you get out of reading this newspaper especially when you hate Pakistan & Muslims. We all know what happens in India. Many of us have lots of family & friends that come from there. Stop trying to cover things & make yourself happy. You may live in a fools paradise but we certainly don’t.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:25PM

    I guess some of the posters haven’t figured out that all Muslims are not created equal – or that Saudi’s view Pakistani’s as nothing other than a source of inexpensive manual labor. Recommend

  • Mujh92
    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:23PM

    Saudia has most comical justice system in the world.Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @A.Ali: Lowest crime rate? Who are you fooling? The Saudis like most Gulf Arabs are probably more corrupt than any other group in the world. That’s why Arabs are the most hated people on earth and Arabs try to hide that they are Arab whenever they can in the West. Why don’t you ask all the demonstrating Arabs if they think their leaders and people are not corrupt?Recommend

  • M Salik
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:22PM

    Saudi Arabia is a Banana republic carrying the flag of islam.
    Saudi women wear Jeans under their Burqas.
    Saudis are free to drink, rape and commit adultery.
    Poor Immigrants from Asia and Africa are punished with no mercy.
    Saudis portray themselves as very religious.
    But the fact is that they are enslaved by western imperialism.
    shallow minded & uneducated they depend on foreign Labor (skilled and unskilled).
    When the world switches to renewable energies, then we’ll see the saudis coming to Pakistan looking for jobs.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:43PM

    $$$$$$$ dollars rule saudia law, Oh Pakistanis wouldn’t forget $$$$$$$$$$$$ dollars either remember raymond davies. we are becoming a laughing stock around the world all the time we hide under the word “muslim” we don’t practise what we preach.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:48PM

    @Mujh92: Whatever may be the case, Saudi Arabia claims to have Islamic Shariah Laws in place there? Can you dare Islamic Laws as comical justice system in the world?????Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:06PM

    after reading all the comments from our Indian friends it would seem that India is the land of milk and honey where no ones rights are usurped, every one lives happy and prosperous lives. I wonder why eveyone wants a visa to the US or UK why arn’t there lines outside Indian embassies of people looking for a visa to this great land of milk and honey?Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:42PM

    3 Terrorists murderers have been eliminated. Lets do a treaty with Saudi Arabia where all killers/ extortionists who go there are executed. This will only reduce crime in PakRecommend

  • Maulana Dynamite
    Apr 11, 2011 - 9:45AM

    @Maulana Diesel:

    U r perfectly right India is real a land of milk and honey that is the reason why early Muslims invaded India and same was the case with other invaders like English.Now also pakistanis and bangladeshi entering the country illegally.And also now thousands of professionals from US and Europe are coming and working in Bangluru,chennai,Delhi and MumbaiRecommend

  • Mitesh
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:32AM

    @Ibrahim: You people are staying in taliban paradise.Recommend

  • S.Haque
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:23PM

    @ Nasir: Any law that is discriminatory and unjust is comical, and Islamic sharia law is the prime example of stupidity and low IQ of bigoted, jahil baddoos and nothing else. Recommend

  • afridi
    Apr 18, 2011 - 3:58AM

    i know persinaly these three men. They are inocent. Their is no evidence aginst himRecommend

  • GK
    Apr 30, 2011 - 9:58PM

    @Umair: Just because Pakistan’s legal and judicial system is the corrupt does not mean you go for the most barbaric system. Something like if if taxes are high does it give someone the right to do smuggling
    @Nasir – There is a difference between Islam of the Prophet and Islam practiced by the people. Maiming people is not part of a merciful religion – it is a creation of Mullahs to scare people to not challenge thier hegemony.Recommend

  • crazy
    May 1, 2011 - 8:48AM

    thanks to all of the above Indian RAW agents in Pakistani, English & Indian names for commenting here.
    Thanks again keep burningRecommend

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