SAUDI ARABIA: FIRST EXECUTION AFTER RAMADAN PAUSE
July 23, 2015: Saudi Arabia carried out its first execution in five weeks after a pause for Ramadan, beheading one of its citizens convicted of a double murder.
Sayir Al Rasheedi was found guilty of fatally shooting two Saudi brothers in a dispute, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the interior ministry.
Authorities carried out the sentence against him in the Qassim region.
SPA had reported no executions during the month of Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr holiday which followed.
The latest beheading brings to 103 the number of executions in the kingdom so far this year, a sharp increase on the 87 recorded during the whole of 2014, according to AFP tallies. (Source: Agence France-Presse, July 24, 2015)