Beheadings benight the Arabian Peninsula

crime | Apr 12, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

Beheadings are the preferred method of capital punishment in Saudi Arabia, also known as the Oil Kingdom. Infractions of Muslim religious law, known as Sharia, which is enforced by the government, can bring death for crimes ranging from blasphemy, apostasy, sorcery, adultery, treason, narcotrafficking, and murder.

On April 9, two Saudi brothers were beheaded following a conviction on charges that they had murdered another Saudi man. Mohammed Al Muthairbi and his brother Saleem were executed in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah for using a hammer and knives to kill Saad bin Fadghoush following an altercation, the official Saudi press agency said.

The sentence by the general court in the city was endorsed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the agency said without further details on those executed or their victim. Convicted murders are executed in Saudi Arabia under Sharia, but are sometimes pardoned by the victim's family in exchange for diya (blood money).

While public beheading is the preferred method of execution in Saudi Arabia, crucifixion is also an option. In 2011, there were at least 73 reported cases of official beheading.

In the neighboring country of Yemen, which has been shaken by political turmoil and a continuing fight with Al Qaeda terrorists, the head of woman was found on on April 11 at dawn in the city of Rada’a in al-Bayda province in Yemen. According to the Bikya Masr website, residents in Rada’a city reported that Al-Sharefa Amer, who was accused of witchcraft, had been slain by al-Qaeda terrorists.

Residents said that they found her head hanging on the wall of a cemetery near the house of another sorceress in the same area. No more details were reported

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