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A Saudi Man Beheaded after Killing his Wife

A Saudi man convicted of killing his wife was beheaded ...

A Saudi man convicted of killing his wife was beheaded in the western city of Taif on Friday, bringing to 26 the number of executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year.

A statement by the Interior Ministry said Hamid bin Makbool bin Muhammad Al Heji Al Safyani fatally shot his Nigerian wife, Maryam bint Ahmad Bakr, with a handgun during a fight. It gave no further details.

Last year, 125 people were beheaded in Saudi Arabia, where executions are carried out in public with a sword.

Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. ally for more than 50 years, follows a strict interpretation of Islam that prescribes the death sentence for murder, rape, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Human rights groups maintain the oil-rich kingdom often fails to give defendants a fair trial and argue that Islam calls for limited use of capital punishment.

opec.com