RIYADH // Saudi authorities today executed two Egyptians who kidnapped a nine-year-old girl and tortured her for years and also executed two of its citizens, the Saudi state news agency SPA said.
Mohammed bin Nafe and Jamalat bint Nafe, apparently his sister, "kidnapped a nine-year-old girl from the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, torturing and locking her up at their residence for three years and six months," SPA reported quoting the ministry of interior.
"Mohammed has repeatedly raped her throughout this period and the pair were planning to smuggle her out of the country," it said.
"They had also neglected the health of their children and committed violence against them, leading to the death of two of Mohammed's sons," it added.
The two Egyptians were beheaded in Medina.
In a separate statement, the ministry announced the beheading of Ali bin Mohammed Al Qahtani who shot dead a fellow Saudi, SPA reported. He was executed in the kingdom's southeastern region of Asir.
In the southern Najran province, authorities executed Muree bin Ali Al Asiri, also a Saudi, who was convicted of carrying out "witchcraft, sorcery and owning written talismans," said the ministry in another statement on SPA.
He also "admitted committing adultery with two women," the ministry said.
Today's beheadings brings the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year to 39 based on official reports.
At least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic Sharia law.