Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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.