Saudi Arabia executes member of royal family for murder
In a rare incident took place in the country, Saudi Arabia reportedly executed a royal family member after a court found him guilty of killing a fellow citizen, a statement from Saudi’s Ministry of Interior has stated.
Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was found guilty three years ago for murdering a young Saudi man named Adel al-Mohaimeed following a brawl, Al Arabiya English reported.
The statement stated that the “authorities were able to arrest the above mentioned offender. After the investigations, they charged him of committing the crime and his indictment was sent to the General Court. He was charged with what was attributed to him and sentenced to death as retribution”.
In December 2012, another person was also injured in an exchange of gunfire following a group fight in al-Thumama region in the outskirts of Riyadh.
A Royal Decree was issued for the execution after both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court both agreed on the indictment.
Citing the rare decision, the statement stated as “King Salman’s keenness on enforcement of security, justice and God’s judgments”.
It also added that the legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever tries to assault innocent people and shed their blood, Al Arabiya said.
However, the statement didn’t reveal how the prince was killed. Mostly in Saudi Arabia, people executed are beheaded with a sword.
According to Amnesty International, the kingdom carried out at least 158 death sentences in last year. AFP news agency said the latest incident was the 134th execution this year
Reports say murder and drug trafficking cases account for the majority of executions in the country.
In a similar incident, royal family member Faisal bin Musaid al Saud was executed in 1975 after he assassinated his uncle, King Faisal.