Riyadh: A Saudi man convicted of murdering
his own grandmother was beheaded on Monday in Medina in western
Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said in a statement
carried by the state news agency SPA.
Bandar al-Louhaibi broke into his grandmother`s home with
intent to steal, but when she tried to stop him he stabbed her
repeatedly, the statement said.
Monday`s execution brings the total number of beheadings
in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year to at least 58.
In September, Human rights watchdog Amnesty International
called on Saudi Arabia to halt the practice, citing "an
alarming" increase in the number of executions since the end
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug
trafficking are all punishable by death under the oil-rich
Gulf state`s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.