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 victimâs 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.
âWhen I was sent to jail, I felt it was the endâŚI had waited to be beheaded any day and every day was like a year for me,â he told Okaz daily.
âThe Monarchâs mediation gave me a new life and I wept when I was told I was pardonedâŚI 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)âŚ I promise to be a good member of this society,â 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 victimâs relatives in return for diya (blood money). (Sources: www.emirates247.com, 30/07/2012)