Saudi executed and crucified
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Saudi Arabian authorities Friday beheaded and crucified a Saudi national convicted of killing and robbing his mother.
The Saudi Press Agency quoted an Interior Ministry statement that said the convict was executed and crucified in public in the southern province of Baha.
Friday’s beheading brought to 34 the number of people executed this year in Saudi Arabia, mostly smugglers.
Earlier this month an Iraqi and three Pakistani drug smugglers were beheaded in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.
Executions of people convicted of murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking are conducted in public, in line with Shariah, the legal code of Islam, which is applied in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
Some 52 people, including expatriates, were executed in Saudi Arabia in 2003.