From correspondents in Riyadh
with thanks to GramfanÂ
SAUDI Arabia has beheaded a couple convicted of torturing to death a nine-year-old girl, including burning her with a red-hot spoon and beating her with a metal pipe.
Saudi Nashat Haji was beheaded by the sword for murdering his daughter, Khosoun, said a ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
He was executed in the western city of Mecca yesterday along with his second Saudi wife, Iman Ghazawi, after they both tortured the girl, including driving a car into her in the courtyard of her home.
Haji decided to “get rid of” his daughter after he became doubtful that he was her biological father from a previous marriage, the ministry said.
Another Saudi national, Adel al Huthrumi, was also executed in Mecca on the same day for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young boy, the ministry announced in a separate statement carried by SPA.
The latest beheadings brought to seven the number of executions announced in Saudi Arabia this year, after a record 153 people were put to death in 2007.
That figure compared with 37 beheaded in 2006, and the previous record number of 113 executions in 2000.
Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking can all carry the death penalty in the ultra-conservative Gulf country, where executions are usually carried out in public.