Saudi beheads seven men for armed robberies


Seven Saudi men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were beheaded on Wednesday, according to the country’s official news agency, more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to the king for clemency.
The executions took place in Abha, a city in the southern region of Asir, the Saudi Press Agency said. The south has been marginalised and suffered discrimination by the powerful central region where the capital, Riyadh, and the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina are located. The seven were arrested in 2006 and received death sentences in 2009, a Saudi newspaper reported at the time. The case was back in focus after Human Rights Watch earlier this month called for the sentences to be cancelled because the men were juveniles at the time of their arrest.
One of the men told The Associated Press news agency in early March that he was only 15 when he was arrested as part of a ring that stole jewelry in 2004 and 2005. Nasser al-Qahtani said he was tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.
Al-Qahtani said that during the years-long trial, he only faced the judge three times and when the men tried to complain to the judge about the torture or show torture marks on their bodies, they were ignored. He also said the judge never assigned him a lawyer. The original sentences called for death by firing squad and crucifixion. However, SPA said on Wednesday that the seven were beheaded. A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said three men with swords carried out the executions. The oil-rich kingdom follows a strict implementation of Islamic law, or Shariah, under which people convicted of murder, rape or armed robbery can be executed, usually by sword.
Saudi Arabia has executed 23 people so far this year, including the seven men on Wednesday. Last year it executed 76 people and in 2011, 79.

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A SARS-like virus that has struck in Britain and the Middle East has claimed a new victim in Saudi Arabia, bringing the global toll from the mystery illness to nine, the World Health Organisation said. The UN agency said on Tuesday that the Saudi health ministry informed it that a 39-year-old man, who developed symptoms on February 24 and was hospitalised four days later, died on March 2. “Preliminary investigation indicated that the patient had no contact with previously reported cases,” the WHO said in a statement. “Other potential exposures are under investigation.”
Novel coronavirus, or nCoV, was first detected in the middle of last year. Including the latest victim, a total of 15 cases have now been reported.


  1. Beheading based on armed robery and theft and of those who were under 15 years of age when the crime was committed? What do you think happens when these so-called royals visit places like Las Vegas and the other exotic places? So, these exempt from any wrongdoings?
    SA is a terrorist state who not only terrorizes its own people in the name of religion, but it also supports and funds terrorism in countries like PAK to promote its brand of Islam, the Wahabism. There is a change needed in this country and the so-called kingdom needs to be thrown out.

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