Saudi executes two citizens for murder

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed two citizens convicted of murder yesterday, raising to 81 the number of death sentences carried out in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year. Dhafer and Hussein al- Mutliq were found guilty of killing fellow Saudis Azeb and Mahdi Al-Moamer in a dispute between the two families, the interior ministry said.

They were both executed in Najran, in the south, a ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency said. Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The executions so far this year include 47 for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2. In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder, according to an AFP count.

This article was published on 30/03/2016