Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia

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Prince ex­e­cuted: Saudi Ara­bia has ex­e­cuted one of its princes for the first time in four decades, a sen­tence ap­par­ently de­signed to send a mes­sage to younger roy­als – and to a po­ten­tially restive pub­lic – that no one in the Gulf king­dom is above the law. Crimes com­mit­ted by mem­bers of the Saudi royal fam­ily – an ex­ten­sive net­work thought to num­ber around 6,000 peo­ple – of­ten go un­re­ported by the coun­try’s press. How­ever, the be­head­ing last week of Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, on the or­ders of King Sal­man, was widely cov­ered in the state me­dia. The prince, re­ported to have been in his late 20s, shot dead an­other man dur­ing a brawl at a desert camp in 2012, where the young rich go to drive their cars. The last royal prince to be ex­e­cuted was Prince Faisal bin Mu­said; he was be­headed in 1975 for killing his un­cle, King Faisal.

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