Saudi beheaded after 30 yrs on death row

2013-02-05 20:17

Riyadh - Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a man some thirty years after he was convicted of murder, after his victim's youngest son came of age and agreed to the punishment.

The country's Interior Ministry announced that Abdullah al-Shomari was beheaded in the northern city of Ha'il for beating a man to death some 30 years ago.

A statement from the ministry added that "the death sentence was postponed until the minor heir of the murdered man came of age and agreed with his other heirs to the execution [of the sentence]."

Under the form of Islamic law practised in Saudi Arabia, murder is punishable by death, but the family of the victim can accept monetary compensation instead.

A recording of al-Shomari pleading with the authorities to postpone the execution and intercede with the victim's family was recently circulated on YouTube.

The beheading is the 10th so far this year in Saudi Arabia, which carried out 76 executions in 2012.

  • derrick.chong.39 - 2013-02-05 20:51

    A little crude, but it works !

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-05 21:44


  • ann.padoa - 2013-02-05 21:27

    They should do that to the murderers and rapists in this country to.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-02-05 21:28

    Kill, kill, kill - that is all that we are good at. When we have to resort to killing people, it is a sign that we have no control over the root causes of the crimes. Surely crime is a product of poverty, lack of education, over-population, etc. Are we simply getting emotional and trying to kill off our immediate problems, or are we taking steps to ensure that the chances of the problems recurring are reduced? And that nonsensical mantra about the death penalty deterring future criminals has no basis.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2013-02-05 22:25

    Elke sport het sy beserings!

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-05 22:27

    Good but what you wrongfully convicted

  • abuzakariyah.abrahams - 2013-02-06 09:01

    it works it works. saudi crime rate vs sa crime rate is like the all blacks vs namibia. No burglar bars safety gates alarm systems adt. No dronkies sleeping under the bridge. Nothing. Make one think, what system works better.

  • LillypopDaisydoll - 2013-02-06 16:02

    Pity they don't do the same to the Saudi (preacher) father who raped & murdered his 5 year old little girl because he doubted her virginity! o yes wait... woman & children don't have rights there!!!

  • Vicky Hamilton - 2013-04-03 07:00

    Took the son a long time to become of age!

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