Saudi Arabia executed on Tuesday a member of the royal family for murder, the first time in four decades it had done so, after he was convicted of shooting another man to death during a brawl, reported The New York Times.
Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was convicted in the shooting death of Adel Almohaimad, a young man during a “group qu
arrel few years ago, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
He was put to death in the capital, Riyadh, according to the the Saudi state news service report, which did not detail the method used, most death penalties in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading in a public square.
Also, the state news media report did not release his age or provide any other biographical information.
The rare event rocketed around the kingdom’s social media networks, with some Saudis saying they never imagined such a thing would happen and others arguing that it showed the quality of their justice system.
In fact, it is extremely uncommon for a member of the Saudi royal family to be put to death. The last execution of a Saudi Prince was in June 1975, when Prince Faisal bin Musaid was beheaded in Riyadh for assassinating King Faisal.
On the other hand, Saudi bloggers have launched an arabic hashtag to laud the king Salman, translated as “Decisive Salman orders retribution for the prince.”
Prince Khalid bin Saud Al Kabeer, one of the relatives of the executed prince commented on the execution via Twitter:”Thanks God for everything” and he prayed for God to have mercy on the executed emir and send him to Paradise.