Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed one of it’s own princes for murder in a move that drew praise for showing that the powerful royal family is not above the law.
The prince was named as Turki bin Saud al-Kabir by the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news station, quoting a statement from the Saudi Interior Ministry.
The prince was found guilty three years ago for killing a young Saudi man during a dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh, the statement said, adding that the sentence was carried out after being confirmed by the Supreme Court
The victim’s family had refused an offer of “blood money” in return for granting clemency and demanded the sentence be carried out, the report said.
There are some 15,000 members of the Saudi Royal family. It was not immediately clear how close the executed prince was to the centers of power in the family.
The Interior Ministry statement said that the sentence was carried out to show “King Salman’s keenness on enforcement of security, justice and God’s judgments.”
The Interior Ministry statement also warned that “that legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever tries to assault innocent people and shed their blood.”
The decision drew praise on social media, with people saying it showed that the no one in the kingdom was above the law.
A Saudi Prince executed for murder today proving that the justice system is being applied on all https://t.co/FoPvYWV30G
— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 18, 2016
Saudi Arabia applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law and carries out executions for a wide range of offenses, in most cases by public beheading.
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