Riyadh: A Saudi man was beheaded today in Tabuk in the ultra-conservative kingdom's north after being convicted of sexually assaulting another man's wife, a statement from the interior ministry said.
Adel bin Mohammed Assiri forcibly entered the man's apartment and assaulted the man's wife, hitting her, photographing her naked and attempting to rape her, said the
statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
His execution brings to 32 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP tally based on official and human rights group reports.
On June 10, London-based watchdog Amnesty International called on Saudi Arabia to stop applying the death penalty, saying there had been a significant rise in the number of executions in the previous six weeks.
It said 15 people were executed in May alone.
In 2009, the number of executions reached 67, compared to 102 in 2008. Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's
strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
Story first published:
July 16, 2011 11:43 IST