Saudi Arabia executes two Iraqis for murder


Two Iraqi men convicted of premeditated murder, kidnapping and robbery have been beheaded by the sword, the Saudi Arabian interior ministry said today.

The men were found guilty of stabbing a Sudanese man to death and burying his body in the desert, the statement quoted by SPA agency said.

They were also convicted of kidnapping an elderly Saudi national and stealing his money and car.

The beheadings took to 35 the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year.

The kingdom applies a strict form of sharia, or Islamic law, imposing the death penalty for murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug use.

In 2001, at least 81 people were executed.