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Saudi Arabia executes two for murder

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
April 4, 2016: Saudi Arabia executed two citizens for murder, raising to 84 the number of death sentences the kingdom has carried out so far this year.

Baddah al-Dusari was found guilty of killing Saudi national Abdullah al-Qahtani by repeatedly running him over, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

Mansur al-Azuri was convicted of stabbing to death fellow citizen Saad al-Subaiee following a dispute, the ministry said in separate statement.

They were both executed in al-Kharj, near the capital Riyadh.

Most people put to death 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. 

Source: Agence France-Presse, April 4, 2016

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