Saudi Executes 2 Bangladeshi Men for Murder, Stealingإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Saudi Arabia beheaded on Tuesday two Bangladeshis convicted of killing and robbing a fellow citizen in the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.
Nujum Abdulshrif and Abdulmajed Hamza killed Mohammed Kabir, also Bangladeshi, the state news agency SPA reported quoting the ministry.
They "suffocated him, beat him on his head using a thick stick, and strangled him" to death, the report said, adding they then stole Kabir's money and cell phones. The two men were beheaded in Jizan, in the kingdom's south.
Their beheading brings the total number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom to 23 so far this year, according to an Agence France Presse tally based on official reports.
Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011 in Saudi Arabia, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic Sharia law.