Saudi Arabia Beheads Man for Murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man for murder Monday, the kingdom's second execution this year, the Interior Ministry said.

Musfir bin Saad bin Abdullah al Qahtani was found guilty of shooting and killing two Saudi men after a dispute, the ministry said in a statement. He was executed in the capital, Riyadh.

Saudi beheadings are carried out with a sword in public to serve as a deterrent. The kingdom beheaded 83 people in 2005 and 35 people in 2004.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed.