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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beheading In Saudi Arabia is Part Of Life

Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Saudi man convicted of killing a fellow national, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, that Falih bin Mohammed bin Musfir had fatally shot Said bin Lafi al-Harithi following a dispute. The report did not explain the nature of the dispute.

The execution was carried out in the western city of Taif, it added.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which those convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery are executed in public with a sword.

Tuesday's execution brought to 102 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom this year, according to an Associated Press count. Saudi Arabia beheaded 38 people last year and 83 people in 2005.

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