Saudi beheaded for killing own grandmother
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Last Updated: Monday, October 10, 2011, 21:44
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 of August.

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.


First Published: Monday, October 10, 2011, 21:44

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