Four More Beheadings Bring 2015 Saudi Execution Toll to 25

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Published Thursday, February 5, 2015

Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed four men convicted of robbery and murder, the interior ministry said.

Their beheadings bring the number of people executed in the kingdom this year to 25, according to an AFP tally.

The sentences against the four alleged Saudi robbers was carried out in the eastern town of Qatif, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

They were convicted of luring their victim by dressing in women’s attire, stealing from him and then killing him.

Amnesty International claimed in a report that more than 2,000 people had been executed in the Gulf state between 1985 and 2013.

According to Amnesty, trials in capital punishment cases are often held in secret.

The Western-backed kingdom has faced international criticism for its frequent use of the death penalty.

An independent expert working on behalf of the United Nations called in September for an immediate moratorium on executions in Saudi Arabia. But the interior ministry insists that the execution of convicts is in order to maintain security and “justice.”

“Despite several calls by human rights bodies, Saudi Arabia continues to execute individuals with appalling regularity and in flagrant disregard of international law standards,” said Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Saudi Arabia's legal code is based on the kingdom’s strict Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia. Judges are trained as religious scholars and have been given the right to base verdicts and sentences on their own interpretation of religious texts.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, which executed 87 people last year compared to 78 in 2013, according to an AFP tally.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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It is hard to keep track as to which of the two does more beheading, Wahhabi Arabia or ISIL. It is, of course true that both adhere to the cult of Abdul Wahhab.

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