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Three Saudi rapists beheaded in Mecca

Execution for woman's drunken attackers

AP
Tuesday, 30 January 2001

Three Saudi men convicted of rape were beheaded today in the holy city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said.

Three Saudi men convicted of rape were beheaded today in the holy city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said.

It said in a statement that Hussein bin Sulaiman Timbakti, Ibrahim bin Hamad al-Dowsari and Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Shamrani were found guilty of stabbing a woman, raping and stealing her money and jewelry while under the influence of alcohol.

The executions in Mecca, home to Islam's holiest shrine and birthplace of its 7th century Prophet Muhammad, bring to 15 the number of beheadings so far this year in Saudi Arabia.

Last year, 125 people were beheaded in the oil-rich kingdom. The record number of beheadings in one year in Saudi Arabia was 191 in 1995.

Saudi Arabia, a close US ally for more than 50 years, follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law that prescribes the death sentence for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Human rights groups maintain Saudi Arabia often fails to give defendants fair trials and point out that Islam calls for limiting the use of capital punishment. Saudi officials say such criticism is intended to harm Islam's image.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/three-saudi-rapists-beheaded-in-mecca-705011.html 

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