Monday, March 24, 2014

Saudi Arabia: Assailant Who Killed Another Executed by Sword on March 24, 12 Executions This Year

According to AFP, a Saudi national, Mohammed bin Khamees al-Hantushi al-Enzi was found guilty of killing Ibrahim bin Marfu al-Enzi, the ministry said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency.

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

COMMENT: With justice being swift in Saudi, Mohammed bin Khamees al-Hantushi al-Enzi was beheaded by the sword on Monday (March 24), according to the interior ministry said.

The execution in the northeastern city of Hafr al-Batin brings to twelve the number of death sentences carried out in 2014 in the ultra-conservative Kingdom.

Last year, the UN High Commission for Human Rights denounced a "sharp increase in the use of capital punishment" since 2011 in Saudi Arabia.

According to data maintained by Amnesty International, the number of Saudi executions rose from 27 in 2010, of whom five were foreigners, to 82 in 2011, including 28 foreigners.

In 2012, the number of executions dipped slightly to 79, among them 27 foreigners.

Saudi Arabia beheaded 78 people in 2013, according to AFP.

It is very rare for the less-than-transparent Kingdom to release the charges against foreigners who are executed. 

According to THE TELEGRAPH, foreigners are eight times more likely to be executed than Saudi citizens:  

Although executions in Saudi Arabia are swift, the method utilized is archaic and questionable, given the fact that mere mortals are judging defendants in what is undoubtedly a very imperfect criminal justice system.