Saudi Arabia Beheads 12th Person in First 20 Days of 2015

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Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded one of its citizens for murder in its 12th execution this year, warning it would mete out the same fate to perpetrators of similar crimes.

Mansour bin Awad bin Ziniegih al-Jabri was sentenced to death after being convicted of shooting dead another Saudi in a family dispute, the interior ministry said.

Authorities carried out the sentence in the central Qassim region, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The government is committed "to maintaining security, realizing justice and implementing God's law on those who shed blood," the ministry claimed.

"It warns others tempted to carry out any similar act that their fate will be the same legitimate punishment."

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.

Saudi Arabia's legal code follows its strict Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia. Judges are trained as religious scholars and have a broad scope to base verdicts and sentences on their own interpretation of religious texts.

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 expressed concern in September about the judicial process in Saudi Arabia, calling for an immediate moratorium on executions.

Human rights organizations and activists have also accused the Saudi regime of curbing freedom of speech and opinion.

In 2014, Saudi judges have passed death sentences down to five pro-democracy advocates, including prominent activist and cleric Nimr al-Nimr, for their part in protests.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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