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Two Malayalis awarded death penalty get Saudi king's pardon

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
2 Malayalis in Saudi Arabia who were on death row for murdering another Keralite, were pardoned by the Saudi king. 

Shaji Sedhumadhavan of Vazhikadavu near Nilambur and his accomplice Abdul Rasaq of Irikkur in Kannur were arrested by the police for murdering Senmon Joseph of Mylapra in Pathanamthitta on March 7, 2008.

Joseph, who was working as a salesman in Saudi Seafood Company, was on his way to Jizan with a large sum of cash, when he was killed by the accused. 

Both were known to Joseph and had accompanied him in his van and murdered him before decamping with SR10,000. 

They were nabbed by the Saudi police and a local court in Abha awarded death penalty to Sedhumadhavan while Rasaq was sentenced to 17 years in prison and 3,000 lashes.

Relatives of both the accused managed to arrange blood money to pay up as compensation to the family of the victim. 

They handed over about SR 3,05,000 to Sedhumadhavan's kin who forgave them in exchange for the money. However, the prosecution moved a higher court challenging the move to release the killers. 

The lawyers pointed out that the offence compromised the country's internal security and the court ordered to execute both the accused. 

In a last ditch at tempt the accused filed a mercy petition before the king who ordered for their release. 

Ending 8 years of uncertainty, both of them have been shifted to a deportation cell in Jeddah from where they will be transported to India, said Muhammed Abdul Rehman Al Ahmari, the jail officer at Abha prisons.

Source: The Times of India, November 5, 2016

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