Saudi Arabia beheads four people raising executions to an estimated 120

Saudi Interior Ministry reported on Monday that three Sri Lankan nationals and an Egyptian were beheaded. All four were executed for their roles in murders committed inside the country.

 

Since the beginning of 2015, at least 120 people have been executed in the kingdom compared to 87 executions carried out in the entire year of 2014.

 

The United Nation cited in may that Saudi Arabia’s “fast paced” executions are “very disturbing,” adding, “If it continues at this pace, we will have double the number of executions, or more than double the number of executions, that we had last year.”

 

In Saudi Arabia the death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offense including murder, rape, false prophecy, blasphemy, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery.

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