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Saudi Arabia set to crucify convicted thief

Man is one of seven prisoners sentenced to death for robbing jewellery in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia set to crucify convicted thief

Saudi Arabia is set to crucify a convicted armed robber in the next week.

The man is one of seven sentenced to death by crucifixion and firing squad for their part in a 23-member ring that stole from jewellery stores in 2004 and 2005. The main defendant, Sarhan Al Mashayeh, will be crucified for three days while the others will face a firing squad.

A security official told AP that the ruler of Asir, Prince Faisal bin Abdel Aziz, ordered the postponement for one week. They were due to be executed last week but King Abdullah is said to be reviewing the sentences.

One of the accused, Nasser Al Qahtani, told AP that his was one of seven juveniles arrested for armed robbery, a capital offence in Saudi Arabia. The men were forced to confess during torture and were barred access to lawyers, he claimed.

Human Rights Watch said all seven men were aged 16-20 when authorities arrested them in 2006 for committing a robbery in 2005. The Gulf state, which applies an austere version of Sunni Islam, is one of only three countries worldwide known to have executed people in the past two years for crimes committed when they were children.

“It would be outrageous if the Saudi authorities go ahead with these executions,” Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at HWR said in a statement March 4.

“It is high time for the Saudis to stop executing child offenders and start observing their obligations under international human rights law,” he added.

Saudi Arabia is reported to have crucified several people in the last year. Amnesty International condemned such as an execution as “the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment” in 2009.

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Mike 7 years ago

If this is true and was to occur it would be an absolute disgrace and KSA should be taken to task for this action. The level of punishment is completely incompatable with basic human right. And for those who will reply stating it's our country our laws our customs ....; you now live in a modern world, if you want to be regarded with the respect you deserve then these practices are out of date and should be discarded. To even consider this is outrageous.

Mark of Zorro 7 years ago

Perhaps they can be sent to England and kept in a luxuary prision with T.V's etc, and sent on annual holidays - that is Human Rights also.

Babu 7 years ago

Action aganist crime is good but this kind of action is really brutel...Saudi should rethink

Jag 7 years ago

Yes our modern world; where children are shot in their schools, women are gang raped on buses, etc. etc. Compare the crime per capita rate in the "modern world" with Saudi.......

Telcoguy 7 years ago

@Jag, sure. Sweden, Malta, Australia, Poland, France or Netherlands have the same intentional murder rate as KSA. UK has a slightly higher one

Monaco, Iceland, Norway, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand have a lower one

Lets not get into the matter of how reliable the GCC statistics are, I will assume they are as good as the Western European ones

Mahmoud 7 years ago

"Crucifixion" does not exist in Saudi nor Sharia Law. kindly review your sources or correct the Term. you can just say "execution".

Having said that i am against capital punishment for Crimes committed by underaged offenders.

Sam 7 years ago

Guess you have not been to jail in the UK....or maybe you are watching too much (fiction on) TV.

Thamir Ghaslan 7 years ago


Our laws, our customs have this to offer.

Someone murders someone in your family.

The judge gives you two options: execute or forgive, with or without monetary compensation.

The choice is yours and yours alone and not even the king can supersede your decision.

The media doesn't like to talk about freed murderers and how they get their act straightened up after being shown mercy if they show true regret. But if Saudi execute then its barbaric, and not "modern".

We are not apologetic nor do we want respect.

Mike 7 years ago

I agree that Saudi laws allow you execute for certian crimes and that you have a process regarding forgiveness, etc. I think that the point is, is it reaonable to torture someone to death by crucifixion, if this is the case, rather than a more humain method of killing someone. Can I assume you think this is OK.

Ty Say 7 years ago


I can almost condone capital punishment for Murder, but you have completely missed the point. This poor young man is being executed for Theft!!