Saudi prince punished with lashes for breaking the law

Published November 2nd, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The news of Saudi princes receiving lashes and being executed for murder has been hailed as a sign of equality under the law. (Shutterstock)
The news of Saudi princes receiving lashes and being executed for murder has been hailed as a sign of equality under the law. (Shutterstock)

A prince in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to prison and was lashed after a court ruling for breaking the law.

The lashing was carried out  on Monday afternoon, after going through a medical checkup to make sure that he wasn't suffering from any diseases, that could have postponed the sentence, Saudi daily Okaz reported.

A five member panel, representing various agencies, administered the lashings, the report added.

Earlier in October, a young Saudi prince was executed for murder for the first time since 1975. He spent his last hours with his family, saying goodbye to his loved ones.

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al Kabeer, a Saudi national, was killed in Riyadh after pleading guilty of firing to death Adel bin Sulaiman bin Abdulkareem Al Mihaimeed, also a Saudi national, following a group quarrel, a statement by the Ministry of Interior said.

The prince's family tried to reach an agreement with the victim's father at multiple times throughout the day to accept the blood money and forgive him, however all attempts failed according to a report.

News of the execution was welcomed online by Saudis, who interpreted the rare execution as a sign of equality under Islamic law, including royal family members who said King Salman had been "decisive" and "fair". Khalid al-Saud, an academic and royal family member, wrote on a Twitter account: "This is the law of God Almighty, and this is the approach of our blessed nation." 


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