Saudi prince given lashes weeks after country executed a royal member
Weeks after Saudi Arabia executed a royal family member, a Saudi prince was reportedly given lashes in prison in Jeddah as a court-ordered punishment, a local newspaper reported.
The lashing was carried out in line with the regulations and took place at a prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi daily Okaz reported.
The unnamed prince was reportedly lashed along with other convicts on Monday afternoon, but the offence remains unknown.
According to the news report, the officials carried out the punishment after a doctor examined the prince and concluded that he was free of diseases.
In addition, five people representing various agencies were also present to witness the lashing, the daily reported.
Saudi Arabia last month executed a royal family member after a court found him guilty of killing a fellow citizen. 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.
The statement earlier 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”.
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.