Man who killed father beheaded in Saudi Arabia

The execution brings to 11 number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia this year.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 20:55 PM IST

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has beheaded a man in the Eastern Province convicted of killing his father, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Hassan bin Ali bin Hassan al-Abandi was convicted of having set his parents` house on fire "in an attempt to kill his mother following an argument between them”, said the statement.

His disabled father died and his mother was injured, it said.

The execution brings to 11 the number of reported beheadings in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year. In 2010, 27 executions were reported, down from 67 in 2009 and 102 in 2008.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the kingdom`s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

Bureau Report