SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 5 YEMENIS, DISPLAYS BODIES
May 21, 2013: Saudi Arabia executed five Yemenis and displayed their bodies in public for killing a national and forming a gang that committed robberies across several towns in the kingdom, the interior ministry said.
The five were executed in the southwestern town of Jizan, bringing the number of people executed in the kingdom this year to 46, according to an AFP tally.
A witness in Jizan told AFP that the five men were displayed in public near a university.
In a picture posted on Twitter, five men are seen hanging from a rope tied to their waists on a horizontal bar between two cranes. It was unclear if they were beheaded or shot.
The ministry said that Khaled, Adel and Qasim Saraa as well as Saif Ali Al Sahari and Khaled Showie Al Sahari had formed a gang which committed âseveral crimes in various regions in the kingdom and robbed stores.â
The five had killed Ahmad Haroubi, a Saudi, by beating him up and strangling him, it said.
On May 20, Saudi authorities beheaded a Syrian man after convicting him of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said.
Mohammad Yousuf Ezzeddine was executed in the northern city of Qurayat, near the borders with Jordan, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. (Sources: AFP, 20-21/05/2013)