Saudi Arabia Beheads Seven Men for Stealing

Discussion in 'Politics' started by IMFTrader, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. I don't care for the thieves, but this really is lex talionis on steroids. It's disproportionate to the extreme.

    Saudi Arabia Beheads Seven Men for Stealing
    March 13, 2013 -- Updated 1700 GMT (0100 HKT)

    (CNN) -- Seven men were executed by beheading Wednesday in Saudi Arabia for stealing, according to SPA, the official Saudi New agency.

    The deaths came a day after the United Nations called for the kingdom not to carry out the punishment, in part because the men had not been given fair trails. The U.N. said the men were reportedly accused of organizing a criminal group, armed robbery, raiding and breaking into jewelry stores in 2005.

    The U.N. special rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Mendez, said there are also grave concerns that the men were tortured during detention and forced to sign confessions.

    "This is not the only in breach of Saudi Arabia's international obligations under international law, which imposes an outright prohibition on torture, it is also in breach of the government's international obligation under the Convention against Torture that explicitly forbids the use of all forms of torture for the purpose of extracting confessions or acquiring information," he said.

    SPA issued a statement on behalf of the Ministry of Interior that starts with a Quranic verse from the chapter "The Table Spread."

    "The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter."
  2. pspr


    What? Were they out of hands to cut off?
  3. Lucrum


    Only seven huh? Too bad it wasn't 400,000,000.
  4. If they did that punishment here, all the ghettoes would become ghost towns.
  5. I highly doubt the executed men were Saudis.

    They are quick to hand out harsh punishment to expats, particularly asians or africans. Saudis get kid glove treatment.