Saudi Arabia executes 3 for murder

The kingdom has executed 24 people since August 4, according to state media reports
Saudi Arabia executes 3 for murder
By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 28 Aug 2014 10:18 AM

Saudi Arabia carried out another three executions on Wednesday, bringing to the total for the year to 41, government-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The kingdom has executed 24 people since August 4, according to SPA reports.

The three men beheaded on Wednesday were Saudi nationals who had been convicted of separate murders, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the SPA.

Nawaf Al Mutairi was executed in Madinah for killing fellow Saudi Adel Al Harbi with a machine gun during a dispute.

Naji Al Mutleq was beheaded in Najran for shooting dead fellow tribesman Abdelhadi Al Mutleq, also with a machine gun.

Musa Dhafiri was executed for stabbing to death Yehia Hamdi following a disagreement in Jazan.

Amnesty International has described the recent surge in executions in the kingdom “deeply disturbing”.

The organisation said about half of the killings were for non-violent crimes.

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