SAUDI ARABIA: KING SAVES MAN FROM DEATH SENTENCE
July 30, 2012: A Saudi man sentenced to death for murdering another Saudi during a fight was saved from the gallows after the victimâ€™s father pardoned him in response to a plea by King Abdullah, a newspaper reported.
Abdullah Nassir Al Qahtani has been in prison for nearly seven years waiting to be beheaded before he was told by his jailers the penalty has been annulled.
â€śWhen I was sent to jail, I felt it was the endâ€¦I had waited to be beheaded any day and every day was like a year for me,â€ť he told Okaz daily.
â€śThe Monarchâ€™s mediation gave me a new life and I wept when I was told I was pardonedâ€¦I am very grateful for the family of the victim and I have taken a serious pledge to be obedient to God the Almighty and the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)â€¦ I promise to be a good member of this society,â€ť he told the paper as he prepared to leave prison in the northern town of Rafha.
Under Islamic law, which is strictly enforced in Saudi Arabia, a killer can be saved from execution and walk free if pardoned by the victimâ€™s relatives in return for diya (blood money). (Sources: www.emirates247.com, 30/07/2012)