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Man beheaded and crucified in Saudi Arabia

Published: June 1, 2009

An “horrific” public execution and crucifixion of a man in Saudi Arabia has been condemned by Amnesty International. Ahmed bin ‘Adhaib bin ‘Askar al-shamlani al-‘Anzi was beheaded and his body crucified in a public place in Riyadh on Friday.

He had been sentenced for the alleged abduction and murder of a father and son. He was also punished for previous offences of Luwat (homosexual intercourse), possession of sexually explicit materials and for raising a gun against security forces seeking to arrest him.

“It is horrific that beheading and crucifixions still happen,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Programme Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa programme. “King Abdullah should show true leadership and commute all death sentences if Saudi Arabia is to have any role to play as a global leader or member of the G20.”

Similarly, the US could also commute all death sentences. Amnesty International only this week drew the worlds attention at the Texas Governor executing 200 Americans in his 8 years of office – a similar ratio to that of George W Bush when he was also Governor of Texas – Greg Naylor

Trial proceedings in Saudi Arabia fall way short of international fair trial standards. They usually take place behind closed doors without adequate legal representation. Convictions are often made on the basis of “confessions” obtained under duress, including torture or other ill-treatment during incommunicado detention.

Is that any different to the United States holding trials for the Guantanamo Bay inmates.  Currently, President Obama wants them to plead guilty so that there will be no long drawn out trials exposing the torture used to get “confessions” to these poor souls.  That’s what David Hicks had to do to get out. – Greg Naylor

Saudi Arabia continues to defy the UN General Assembly resolution adopted in 2007 and 2008 calling for a moratorium on executions.

And so too, does America – Greg Naylor

Amnesty International recorded a total of 102 executions in Saudi Arabia in 2008.  Due to the strict secrecy of the criminal justice system in Saudi Arabia, it is not possible to know how many have been sentenced to death, but Amnesty International is aware of at least 136 individuals currently believed to be awaiting execution.


Written by Greg Naylor

12 June 2009 at 12:00 am

Posted in PERSONAL

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  1. Anzi was beheaded and his body crucified

    AND crucified? What, were they not sure the removal of the head made him dead enough? Bloody hell, talk about brutal.

    Ray Dixon

    12 June 2009 at 2:42 am

  2. Well, Ray, some of our illustrious Canberra based citizens talk through other than their heads at times. Maybe this joker was showing the same symptoms?


    12 June 2009 at 10:33 am

    • Yes, in Sophie’s case they’d have to crucify the head, just to shut it up.

      Ray Dixon

      12 June 2009 at 7:44 pm

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