Saudi Arabia executes royal prince for murder

A prince from the Saudi royal family was executed on Tuesday for murdering a man during a brawl in the capital Riyadh, the Interior Ministry announced.

The execution of Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir is an extremely rare case of a member of the conservative kingdom's ruling family being put to death.

"The Interior Ministry, in announcing this, affirms to all that the Kingdom's government is determined to establish security, bring about justice and implement God's law against all those who attack the innocent," the ministry said.

Local media said the killing for which the prince was executed took place in 2012.

Prince Turki's death sentence had been upheld by the Appeals Court and the High Court, the Interior Ministry said.

Another royal prince welcomed the news, in the first public reaction from a member of the ruling family.

"This is God's law, and the way of our blessed kingdom. May God have mercy on the killer and his victim," Prince Khaled Al Saud wrote on Twitter.

Monday's execution brings to 128 the number of persons put to death so far in the country this year, according to a dpa tally.

Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law, is among the top executioners in the world, according to international rights groups.

On January 2, authorities beheaded 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric, on terrorism-related charges, leading to furious protests from regional rival Iran and criticism from rights groups.

Saudi Arabia imposes the death penalty for offences including murder, armed robbery, banditry, rape, drug-trafficking and witchcraft.

Last update: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 07:39
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