x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Saudi executed for murdering compatriot

Mohammed Al Salala Asiri was beheaded by sword in the southwestern province of Asir after being found guilty of stabbing to death Amir Al Zayadi, Saudi interior ministry said.

RIYADH // A Saudi man was executed today after being convicted of murdering a compatriot, the interior ministry said.

Mohammed Al Salala Asiri was beheaded by sword in the southwestern province of Asir after being found guilty of stabbing to death Amir Al Zayadi, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

His execution is the 49th person to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Rights group Amnesty International puts the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia last year at 79.