Saudi beheads rapist who burned victim to death
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Last Updated: Friday, August 07, 2009, 22:23
Riyadh: A Bangladeshi man was today beheaded by the sword in the Saudi capital after being convicted of raping a woman and burning her to death, the Interior Ministry said.

Munir Ahmed Hussein Shah broke into his victim's house and then raped her, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA state news agency.

He tried to strangle her and locked her in a room after setting it on fire, which led to her death, it said.

The beheading brought the number of executions this year to 50 in the kingdom, which imposes the death sentence for rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking under the country's strict Islamic Sharia law.

In 2008, Saudi Arabia put 102 people to death.

The Rome-based anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain last week ranked Saudi Arabia third in the world in 2008 for executions, after China, which carried out more than 5,000 death sentences, and Iran, with 346.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 07, 2009, 22:23

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