|Public beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)|
Ali Assiri shot and killed the policeman while being arrested, the ministry said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.
The ultra-conservative kingdom has carried out 134 executions, including of many foreigners, so far this year, according to an AFP count. This far exceeds a toll of 87 for the whole of 2014.
Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific executioners, alongside China, Iran, Iraq and the United States.
Under the kingdom’s strict Islamic legal code, murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.
The interior ministry says the death penalty is an important deterrent.
The vast majority of executions are carried out by beheading, some in public, but a few are carried out by firing squad.
Source: Agence France-Presse, October 13, 2015
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