Saudi executes Pakistani for rape, murder

Last Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 21:45

Riyadh: Saudi authorities executed on Friday a Pakistani man convicted of rape and murder, in the northwestern town of Tabuk, the interior ministry said.

Amjad Ali Kol was convicted of raping and strangling a woman, before stealing her money, the ministry said in a statement carried on official news agency SPA.

His beheading brings to 33 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to a tally.

In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to a tally based on official figures. The US-based Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia`s strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 21:45

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