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Saudi beheads pair over girl's torture

2012-06-19 13:05

Riyadh - Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded two Egyptians who kidnapped a 9-year-old girl and tortured her for years and executed a national convicted of murder, state news agency SPA reported.

Mohammed bin Nafe and Jamalat bin Nafe, apparently his sister, "kidnapped a 9-year-old girl from the [Muslim] Prophet's Mosque in [the holy city of] Medina, torturing and locking her up at their residence for three years and six months," the interior ministry said in a statement carried on SPA.

"Mohammed has repeatedly raped her throughout this period and the pair were planning to smuggle her out of the country," it said.

"They had also neglected the health of their children and committed violence against them, leading to the death of two of Mohammed's sons," it added.

The two Egyptians were beheaded in Medina.

In a separate statement, the ministry announced the beheading of Ali bin Mohammed al-Qahtani who shot dead a fellow Saudi, SPA reported. The man was executed in the kingdom's southeastern region of Asir.

Tuesday's beheadings bring to 38 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia 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 to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic sharia law.

Comments
  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-06-19 13:17

    SA can learn from Saudi Arabia

      MagdaKus - 2012-06-19 13:54

      I think if the perpetrators were Saudi the sentence would have been different. At least it seems like in some of the Arab countries they seem to like to blame the female victim in cases of rape...

  • francoisswart0 - 2012-06-19 13:39

    Voilent crimes against children should always carry the sentence of public beheading. Wish that this was the law in SA.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-19 14:08

      First there should be public humiliation, like being tide naked over a drum and flogged until your bowels lose control, then castrated and then stoned to death by the family of the child. Beheading is too quick.

  • Derek - 2012-06-19 15:48

    Here is a couple of f##%kers that the Saudi's can come and behead here too...

  • Sibusiso - 2012-06-19 15:48

    Barbaric crazy act, no wonder some of them grow up to be suicide bombers, violence has never solved anything. Death sentence doesn't belong in the modern society. The act of killing is wrong, whether it is done legally or illegally. Human beings are sick

      Sibusiso - 2012-06-19 16:15

      Cowards hiding behind thumbs up and thumbs down.

      Loïs - 2012-06-19 16:30

      Death sentence isn't violence, it is punishment. The same as a hiding for your child. Yes, there are people who abuse their children, but a proper hiding given in the right works the best. And obviously only for a certain level of disobedience. The same with death sentence. Done in the right way (through law, by the government) is the only punishment that will make people think twice before committing a serious crime. Our people aren't afraid of jails, because it's a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.

      Warren - 2012-06-19 16:33

      I disagree, if people are beyond rehabilitation then all that a life sentence will do is tax the economy. Saudi has very low crime stats

      Zahir - 2012-06-19 17:36

      The constituition and courts protect criminals rights if u murder your rights are forfeit and death penalty applies

      Sibusiso - 2012-06-19 18:15

      If this was a solution, the majority of the world countries would still be using death sentence as a solution to crime. Some states in the U.S have death sentence but crime rates are still high. Saudi crime rates are low because the majority of people are religious and they fear their God. What we need to do is to improve the morality of S.A people by teaching them at our homes, schools and church's that life is valuable, and crime is wrong. \r\nIraq has death sentence but look at the number of murders that occur daily, does this say death sentence is a solution? Should I make more examples of countries that have high crime rate even though there is death sentence ?

      mervin - 2012-06-19 21:44

      Hi Sibusiso, Why do you say that the death sentence is not part of modern society. Violence in politics in SA has resolved many issues, it got SA somewhere. The act of taking another human life is wrong, wrong, evil...point. The act of that person dying for his evil crimes is right, right. Why? because the dead have no rights. They cannot vote in jail,get 3 meals a day,study cool courses on tax payers money (yours also), have a warm bed and get out many years earlier to live life again in society and most go and do the same crime again. Why do criminals in SA have so many rights and the dead people who died at their evil hands, will never have the right to live again. I say, u wanna kill, pay for it with the death penality. Why not? I think all people who kill should be fried out one way or the other. Let us look at rape stats in SA - we have the highest rate in rapes. We have the highest crime rate per capita. SA is just a little bigger than California and we higher in crime rate pc - that just scary. Crime is killing SA. It is very clear that no authority can stop crimes in SA as it simply esculates. Let us look at the scenario of was it Moses Sithole or something - worst serial rapist and killer. Had he been giving the death penality, the next serial rapist would think 300 times about raping babies and young mentally challenged woman and get away with it, cause he would simply die..point. The next rapist would not want to die as the example was SET. Problem solved.

  • Terry - 2012-06-19 16:26

    SA please learn from thesr people at least then the crime rate might drop a fraction.

  • braamc - 2012-06-19 17:23

    If only this can happen in SA, problem solved

  • mervin - 2012-06-19 21:15

    Yes, SA could learn from Saudi. At least rape is not condoned. What they do need to still change is their stance on "respect on woman". I do not think that will fall in place in Arab countries for some time... but things are slowly getting better is sone places.

  • Sipho Shabalala - 2013-09-09 13:21

    Double standards, Saudi Arabia is a flight haven for despots. Idi Amin pensioned and died there. Former President of Tunisia is holed up in that country.

  • Sipho Shabalala - 2013-09-09 13:23

    Anyway, good job done on the Egyptians, we have a problem in this country with Nigerians. Please come and lynch them.

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