Saudi Arabia Executes Prince From Its Own Royal Family

He was convicted of fatally shooting another man (Picture: Getty Images)
In an extremely rare move, Saudi Arabia has executed a member of its own royal family. Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was executed after he shot another man dead, the Interior Ministry said.

The Ministry did not elaborate on how the death sentence was carried out, but it did say that it was carried out in Riyadh. Saudi usually beheads the condemned in public.

A ministry statement to the state-run Saudi Press Agency warned ‘whoever dares to commit such a crime that the Shariah penalty is awaiting’.

The prince was executed in Riyadh (Picture: AP)
Prince Turki was convicted and sentenced to death after fatally shooting a man during a ‘group quarrel’, the statement added. The guilty verdict was upheld by an appeals court, and then sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia.

A royal order was then issued to follow the courts’ ruling.

Royal executions are rare in Saudi Arabia, but they have happened before. In 1975, the kingdom beheaded Faisal bin Musaid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for assassinating King Faisal.

Credit: Metro, UK

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