Saudi prince ex­e­cuted for mur­der

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RIYADH: Saudi Ara­bia on Tues­day ex­e­cuted a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily for mur­der, in a rare case in­volv­ing one of the thou­sands of mem­bers of the House of Saud.

Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was put to death in the cap­i­tal Riyadh for shoot­ing dead Adel al-Ma­hemid, a Saudi, dur­ing a brawl, the in­te­rior min­istry said in a state­ment.

Kabir was the 134th lo­cal or for­eigner put to death this year, ac­cord­ing to an AFP tally of min­istry state­ments.

The Arab News re­ported in Novem­ber 2014 that a court in Riyadh sen­tenced an un­named prince to death for killing his friend.

He lost his life and another per­son was in­jured in an ex­change of gun­fire fol­low­ing a dis­pute at a camp on the edge of Riyadh in De­cem­ber 2012, the news­pa­per said.

Desert camps are pop­u­lar gath­er­ing places for Saudis.

When the killer re­alised that his vic­tim was a friend and col­league, he in­formed the po­lice, the Arab News said.

The sen­tence re­flected the king­dom’s “fair jus­tice sys­tem”, Arab News quoted the vic­tim’s un­cle Ab­dul Rah­man al-Falaj as say­ing.

Most peo­ple put to death in Saudi Ara­bia are be­headed with a sword.

Saudi Ara­bia has a strict le­gal code un­der which mur­der, drug traf­fick­ing, armed rob­bery, rape and apos­tasy are all pun­ish­able by death.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says the king­dom car­ried out at least 158 death sen­tences in 2015, mak­ing it the third most pro­lific ex­e­cu­tioner af­ter Iran and Pak­istan.

Amnesty’s fig­ures do not in­clude se­cre­tive China. – AFP

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