A SAUDI man convicted of rape and armed robbery was beheaded by the sword in
Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saud al-Dusri was convicted of several armed robberies in the capital and of rape, the ministry was quoted by state news agency Spa as saying.
Dusri's execution brought to 60 the number announced by
Last year, a record 153 people were executed in the Gulf kingdom, which applies a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law. This figure compared with 37 beheaded in 2006, and the previous record number of 113 executions in 2000.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking can all carry the death penalty in the ultra-conservative country, where executions are usually carried out in public.
It has an estimated population of 27.5 million, and its size is approximately 2,150,000 square km (830,000 square miles)
The Kingdom is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to
The Kingdom was founded by Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, whose efforts began in 1902 when he captured the Al-Saud’s ancestral home of