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Saudi beheads murderer in 89th execution this year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted murderer on Wednesday in its 89th execution this year, adding to a toll that has already overtaken the total for all of 2014

Fahd bin Hussein Daghriri was found guilty and sentenced to death for his role in the murder of a fellow Saudi citizen, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Authorities carried out the execution in the southern region of Jazan.

According to an AFP tally, Daghriri brings to 89 the number of locals and foreigners executed in the kingdom this year, despite activists’ concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.

The Islamic kingdom executed 87 people in 2014, according to AFP’s count.

Under the Gulf nation’s Islamic sharia law, drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death.

Executions are carried out in public, mostly by beheading with a sword. -AFP

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