A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, according to state news agency SPA, in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to the death penalty.
Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl four years ago in al-Thumama region in the outskirts of Riyadh.
Mohaimeed was killed and another person was injured in an exchange of fire following a dispute. Kabir reportedly informed police when he realised the victim was his friend and colleague.
"Turki bin Saud al-Kabir killed Saudi citizen Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdul Karim Mohaimeed,” the ministry of interior said in a statement on SPA.
“Authorities were able to arrest the above mentioned offender. After the investigations, they charged him of committing the crime and his indictment was sent to the General Court. He was charged with what was attributed to him and sentenced to death as retribution.”
The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court both affirmed the original indictment by the General Court and a Royal Decree was issued for the implementation of the court’s rule, according to Al Arabiya.
Offers of ‘blood money’ were refused by the victim’s family, who insisted that justice be carried out.
The SPA, in its report, added, “The Ministry of Interior confirms to everybody that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keen to keep order, stabilise security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah Almighty on whoever violates the sanctity of civilians and commits bloodshed and, at the same time, warns whoever dares to commit such a crime that the Sharia penalty is awaiting.”
It did not say how the prince was killed. Most people executed in the kingdom are beheaded with a sword.
Members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are only rarely known to have been executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.
The family is estimated to number several thousand. While members receive monthly stipends, and the most senior princes command great wealth and political power, only a few in the family hold nationally important government posts.
*With input from Reuters
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