Last updated: 19 December, 2012

Saudi beheads Sudanese man for murder

A Sudanese man convicted of murder was beheaded by sword on Wednesday in the western city of Mecca, the Saudi interior ministry announced.

Othman Mohammed was found guilty of killing another Sudanese, Salah Ahmed, by repeatedly beating him on his head following a dispute between the two, the ministry said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.

Mohammed’s beheading raises to 76 the number of people executed so far this year in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, where 79 were put to death in 2011, according to Amnesty International.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under its strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.