Indian Murderer Beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An Indian found guilty of murdering his Saudi employer and the man's son was decapitated by sword Tuesday, the interior ministry said. 

Miraj Khan Srour shot the Saudi in the head before throwing the man's son down a well at a farm, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency. 

The execution, in the town of Taif, brings to 39 the number of people executed in the kingdom since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally. 

Seven Nigerian armed bank robbers were decapitated on May 13 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, and three others each had a hand and foot amputated, in the largest number of executions in one day since the start of the year in Saudi Arabia. 

The religiously conservative state imposes the death penalty on people found guilty of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug offences. 

The kingdom applies a strict code of Islamic law that sanctions stonings for those found guilty of adultery and floggings for the consumption of alcohol, as well as amputating the right hands of thieves. 

Riyadh has been the subject of three critical reports by the influential London-based human rights organization Amnesty International which have questioned defects in the criminal justice system. 

The kingdom has said Islamic law is the best guarantee for human rights -- RIYADH (AFP) 

 

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