Saudi Arabia beheads a Bangladeshi man convicted of murder

May 17, 2008 17:44

Saudi authorities on Saturday beheaded a Bangladeshi man convicted of killing a Saudi citizen over a money dispute, the Interior Ministry said. Juman Hussein Jalal-aldeen, of Bangladesh, was found guilty of killing Yahyah bin Awadh Al-Mohammad, a Saudi national, by slashing his throat. He hid the corpse in a ranch, said an Interior Ministry statement carried by the official state news agency, SPA. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed. Saturday's execution brings the number of people beheaded this year to 55, according to an Associated Press count. Saudi Arabia beheaded 137 people last year, up sharply from the 38 executed in 2006.

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