Saudi beheads 5 nationals for murder, rape of teenager

Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded five Saudi men convicted of killing and raping a teenager, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the ministry said the five Saudis kidnapped the teenager, raped and stabbed him. Then, they severed his head and afterward dumped the boy's body in a lake. In violation of Saudi's strict Islamic Sharia law, the five are also said to have drank alcohol, taken drugs and carried out several car thefts in the holy city of Medina. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which those convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery are executed in public with a sword.