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Saudi man beheaded for killing compatriot

Thursday, January 15, 2009

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —  Authorities in Saudi Arabia have beheaded a Saudi man convicted of killing a fellow national after a dispute.

An Interior Ministry statement Thursday says Mushabeb Al-Ahmari was executed in the southern province of Asir. He was convicted of killing a compatriot using a machine gun. The statement did not explain the nature of the dispute.

Al-Ahmari was a minor when he was sentenced. The statement said his execution was delayed until he came of age. It is not clear when he was sentenced.

The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, rape and armed robbery can be executed with a sword.

According to an Associated Press count, this is the fifth execution this year. In 2008, 102 people were beheaded.

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