RIYADH – Two Saudi men were executed on Tuesday for killing two people in the southwestern city of Abha, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official news agency SPA.
The first convict was identified as Ahmed bin Musa, who was sentenced to death after stabbing another person in a personal dispute.
The other, identified as Abdel Rahman Saad al-Ahmary, was found guilty of shooting and killing a person, according to the interior ministry note.
The two verdicts were issued by the general court and later confirmed by the appeal court and the supreme court of Saudi Arabia, and the execution order was ratified by royal decree, according to the procedure in these cases.
Most of the executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading, using a strict interpretation of Islamic law or “sharia,” which punishes those guilty of murder, drug trafficking, witchcraft and other crimes with the death penalty.
Human rights organizations have denounced that since the arrival of the monarch Salman bin Abdelaziz to the Saudi throne in January 2015, executions have soared, from 88 in 2014 to 158 in 2015 and 153 in 2016.