Two Saudi men, sentenced to death for rape, were beheaded by the sword on Tuesday [Oct. 18] in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the kingdom's official news agency.
Fuhayd Musaffar Qahtani and Fuhayd Saidan Qahtani, were found guilty of breaking and entering, theft and rape, said the statement, carried by SPA.
The executions bring the total number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia to at least 64 since January.
Last week, the UN human rights office expressed concern over the rate of executions in this ultra-conservative kingdom, and called for an immediate halt to the practise.
The UN statement came after the kingdom beheaded 10 men – eight Bangladeshis and two Saudis – on the same day.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery, homosexuality and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the oil-rich Gulf state's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
Source: Agence France-Presse, October 18, 2011