A convicted citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was beheaded on August 15, 2013, Thursday, for torturing his wife to death. This was the first execution since the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan.
According to the local media reports, Fawzi al-Khaibari had been found guilty of beating up and burning his wife with an iron before “crushing her skull” and leaving her to die, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
The execution took place the Holy Muslim city of Medina, in the west of the KSA.
The previous execution in the conservative country took place on July 8th, two days before the start of Ramadan.
A total of 58 people have now been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of the year, according to an AFP count.
In 2012, the KSA authorities executed 76 people, according to a tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch has 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, the Islamic law.