Saudi Executions Toll Hits 40

A Saudi convicted of murder was beheaded on Tuesday, the interior ministry announced, raising to 40 the number of people executed in the conservative Muslim kingdom this year.

Maneh al-Daen was found guilty of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman, Nasher al-Daen, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

He was beheaded in the southwestern city of Najran.

His beheading brings to 40 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to a count based on official figures.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.

Source: Agence France Presse

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