x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Saudi man beheaded for machinegun murder

Saudi Arabian authorities have beheaded a citizen in the western city of Medina after he was convicted of shooting another man dead with a machinegun.

RIYADH // Saudi Arabian authorities yesterday beheaded a citizen in the western city of Medina after he was convicted of shooting another man dead with a machinegun, the interior ministry said.

Sultan bin Rashid Al Mutairi had been found guilty of kiling Mused bin Nayer Al Mutairi after a dispute between the pair, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

His beheading brings to 34 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to an AFP tally.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to the tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.