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Saudi Arabia beheads and crucifies convicted Yemeni murderer

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:32 EDT
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Saudi Interior Minister Prince Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz gives a press conference in Mecca about the upcoming hajj pilgrimage.  Photo via AFP.
 
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Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded a Yemeni man and then crucified his body after he was convicted of murdering a Pakistani national, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced.

“The Yemeni citizen Mohammed Rashad Khairi Hussein 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 brings to 28 the number of people put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to an Agence France Presse tally based on official figures. The U.S.-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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