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Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2013

Five Yemeni men ‘beheaded and crucified’ in Saudi Arabia

Six more people were executed in Saudi Arabia today, bringing the total executions in the kingdom this year to at least 47.

 

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According to a Haaretz report today, five Yemenis were executed on Tuesday for robbery and murder, then put their bodies on public display as a further punishment. The sixth man was a Saudi man who was separately executed for murder.

However, Amnesty International described the executions of the five Yemenis in more detail, saying they were beheaded and “crucified” this morning in the city of Jizan, while a Saudi Arabian man was executed in the south-western city of Abha.

Saudi officials say the five Yemenis– Khaled, Adel and Qasim Saraa as well as Saif Ali Al Sahari and Khaled Showie Al Sahari, had formed a gang which committed “several crimes in various regions in the kingdom and robbed stores.”

The five had killed Ahmad Haroubi, a Saudi, by beating him up and strangling him, it said. They were  indicted according to Islamic sharia law.

The kingdom has faced criticism from Western countries for its frequent use of capital punishment and trials that human rights groups say do not meet international standards.

Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa director said, “Saudi Arabia’s increased use of this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is deeply disturbing and the authorities must halt what is a horrifying trend. The Kingdom must immediately establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing capital punishment.”

A picture was taken of the executions, which took place in front of the University of Jizan where students are taking exams. It is reported that the photos were posted on Twitter.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of sharia.

 

 

 

 

 

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    I WISH CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN JOURNALISTS WOULD STOP PUBLISHING THIS TYPE OF STORY.

    AS I SEE IT, CAUCASIAN-AMERICANS WANT TO CONTROL MIDDLE-EASTERN OIL. ONCE CAUCASIAN-AMERICANS HAVE GAINED TOTAL CONTROL OF MIDDLE-EASTERN OIL, THEY WILL CHANGE THE MIDDLE-EASTERN WAY OF LIFE BY TOTALLY DESTROYING THE ISLAMIC FAITH. BUT, THERE IS A PROBLEM … MIDDLE-EASTERNERS ARE “GAINING GROUND” TOO QUICKLY ON NUCLEAR WEAPONRY … AND, THAT MAKES CAUCASIAN-AMERICANS NERVOUS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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