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Murderer executed in Saudi Arabia; 72nd execution this year

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
He was found guilty of shooting dead a man following a dispute

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia executed one of its nationals convicted of murder on Sunday, bringing to 72 the number of people put to death in the conservative kingdom this year.

Hadian Al Qahtani was found guilty of shooting dead Abdullah Al Qaoud following a dispute, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Most people executed in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The executions so far this year include 47 for terrorism carried out in a single day on January 2.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder, according to an AFP count.

The kingdom has a strict legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Source: Agence France-Presse, Gulf News, March 14, 2016

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