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Saudi Arabia beheads, crucifies killer

2012-04-20 22:05

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia beheaded and crucified a Sudanese man in Riyadh on Friday after he was convicted of raping, robbing and killing a woman, the interior ministry announced.

Abdulrahman Zine Elabidine "broke into a house strangling its owner to death while she was asleep".

He also raped her and stole 165 000 riyals ($44 000) as well as gold jewellery, said the statement carried by state news agency SPA.

He then set the house on fire.

His beheading took to 20 the total number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.

The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies strict Shari'ah (Islamic) law for a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder.

Comments
  • Graham - 2012-04-20 23:50

    Can have this in SA. That would sort the crime out.

      Ameenah - 2012-04-21 06:23

      Imagine what they would do to those boy rapists. a little cruxifiction would certainly go along way in punishmentw

      Ameenah - 2012-04-21 06:23

      Imagine what they would do to those boy rapists. a little cruxifiction would certainly go along way in punishmentw

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-21 06:51

      Graham, This is just silly talk. Nowhere in the world has it been proven that capital punishment reduces serious crime. Two things have to happen to reduce crime in our country; 1) Moral leadership 2) Increase the chances to get caught, charged, convicted and send to jail. there is no easy way out, of this crime madness !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-21 06:51

      Graham, This is just silly talk. Nowhere in the world has it been proven that capital punishment reduces serious crime. Two things have to happen to reduce crime in our country; 1) Moral leadership 2) Increase the chances to get caught, charged, convicted and send to jail. there is no easy way out, of this crime madness !!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-21 08:12

      @Anthony. You may have a point but let's be realistic. Can you really say that you see that happening in this country. I don't support the Saudi system that seems too eager to behead, crucify, cut hands off etc, but in SA, a few death sentences would serve as a strong detterent. 1. We won't be wasting our tax money on bad filth (like the Soweto gang rapers and the scum who killed his baby) 2. Some of these people actually may be happier in prison (because the accomodation is better than what they have) and 3. We're so good at letting violent criminals escape that its not funny anymore.For me the solution lies somewhere in between : Death sentences for avragated rape, murder etc and a beefed up crime prevention strategy. please face it : the really bad people will not be rehabilitated so society really will be better off with them dead.

      Toofaan - 2012-04-21 08:12

      @Anthony. You may have a point but let's be realistic. Can you really say that you see that happening in this country. I don't support the Saudi system that seems too eager to behead, crucify, cut hands off etc, but in SA, a few death sentences would serve as a strong detterent. 1. We won't be wasting our tax money on bad filth (like the Soweto gang rapers and the scum who killed his baby) 2. Some of these people actually may be happier in prison (because the accomodation is better than what they have) and 3. We're so good at letting violent criminals escape that its not funny anymore.For me the solution lies somewhere in between : Death sentences for avragated rape, murder etc and a beefed up crime prevention strategy. please face it : the really bad people will not be rehabilitated so society really will be better off with them dead.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-21 08:57

      Tofaan, We certainly do not have a difference of opinion, that rapists and the ones who kill babies are the scum of the earth. To have "public satisfaction" to punish those, who commit a serious crime!! Where does one draw the line ? A public spectacle at the CT Waterfront, and stone someone to death? Throw a rapist from the top of the Carlton Centre ? In a civilized country, it is better to punish someone for a crime committed , by taking away that person's freedom. Also, in many countries, there have been many cases, that the wrong person was convicted........a bit late for the ones that have been hanged !!! But the main point, surely, is to reduce crime. The deterrent of what punishment one could get is not very strong, if the chance of you being caught is soo small. I believe, that a person who commits a murder in SA, has a less than 15 % chance he will spend time in jail !!!!!!!! THAT is where the problem is. We need a far more profesionnal police force, that catches criminals, and as you so rightly say, when jailed, see to it ,they stay in jail !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-21 08:57

      Tofaan, We certainly do not have a difference of opinion, that rapists and the ones who kill babies are the scum of the earth. To have "public satisfaction" to punish those, who commit a serious crime!! Where does one draw the line ? A public spectacle at the CT Waterfront, and stone someone to death? Throw a rapist from the top of the Carlton Centre ? In a civilized country, it is better to punish someone for a crime committed , by taking away that person's freedom. Also, in many countries, there have been many cases, that the wrong person was convicted........a bit late for the ones that have been hanged !!! But the main point, surely, is to reduce crime. The deterrent of what punishment one could get is not very strong, if the chance of you being caught is soo small. I believe, that a person who commits a murder in SA, has a less than 15 % chance he will spend time in jail !!!!!!!! THAT is where the problem is. We need a far more profesionnal police force, that catches criminals, and as you so rightly say, when jailed, see to it ,they stay in jail !!

  • Sias - 2012-04-21 05:24

    This may be effective in SA if done in publi\r\nc

  • Tlou - 2012-04-21 06:40

    fight the devil with evil..mzansi needs such sentences..cruel bt fits the crime....

  • Rory - 2012-04-21 08:49

    The murderer won't get out in a few years and murder or rape again

  • Jason - 2012-04-21 09:59

    Uhm, so they crucified him after he was beheaded?

  • Terrence Shava - 2012-04-21 11:06

    A certain African country must take notes and implement this. the crime rate would drop quite a bit!!

  • Zahir - 2012-04-21 12:04

    In saudi the victims have more rights than criminals in SA it is the reverse

  • Hermann - 2012-04-21 15:06

    This is just a warning - don't forget any religion other than Islam is also an offence/crime in that democratic (sic) kingdom of oppression. The next beheaded criminal may be a Zionist or a Christian found guilty because of their faith.

  • Sophia - 2012-04-21 20:55

    S.A could learn...total eradication! Total!

  • dwobst - 2012-04-21 21:18

    Flim at 11:00

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