Report: Saudi Arabia Faces Lack Of Swordsmen

Saudi Arabia swordsmenSaudi Arabia has authorized regional governors to approve executions by firing squad as an alternative to public beheading, the customary method of capital punishment in the Gulf Arab kingdom, the Arab News reported on Monday.

The English-language daily gave no explanation. But another newspaper, Al Youm, reporting the measure on Sunday, said the reason for the change was a shortage in the number of swordsmen.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said he was not immediately able to comment but would look into the report. The Arab News added that a ministerial committee was looking into formally scrapping beheading as a form of execution. The kingdom has been criticized in the West for its high number of executions, inconsistencies in the application of the law and its use of public beheadings.

Capital crimes resulting in the death sentence last year included murder, armed robbery, drug smuggling, sorcery and witchcraft.

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Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people so far this year, Amnesty International said this month, compared to 82 in 2011 and a similar number last year.

In its Sunday edition, Al Youm reported a circular by the government's Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution as saying that the use of firing squads was being considered because some swordsmen were arriving late to the public squares where executions are normally carried out. "A shortage in sworsdmen and their unavailability in a number of areas" meant the executioners had to travel sometimes long distances to get to the place of executions, making them sometimes late, the newspaper reported the circular as saying.

The circular stated that death by firing squad was not a breach of sharia, or Islamic law. The Saudi legal system is based on strict version of sharia.

Al Youm said a firing squad had been used to execute carried out the death sentence against a convicted female in a case in Ha'il in northwestern Saudi Arabia a few years ago.

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It's sad to know that so many people's judgments over things are based on other's opinions. People's opinions on Islam are based on what the media thinks. I bet you that most people here talking against Islam have never really looked at a non-opinionated credible Islamic source. It's not that hard to make a beautiful scenery of a sunset look like a dark thundery nightmare. It's our job to look for the truth and to judge based on facts, not our opinions.

January 02 2014 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Farah F

This is very biased. This problem is probably like the biggest problem in Saudi Arabia. But if you focused on the amount of issues that we have here in the US, this will seem like nothing to them. By the way, what our army did in Afghanistan & Iraq and what it's going to do in Syria is just the same as this. The media just finds to cover up for our dirty work by focusing on other countries' problems.

October 08 2013 at 8:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The Islamic culture is one of violence and hatred, Human life has little, if any meaning. They will use their children as shields..terrorists fire rockets from schools so if anyone defends themselves against them, they are accused of being the aggressor..this whole way of life is sick, violent and full of hate. They will always find a way to murder..using their Shiria Law to justify their disgusting behavior. Beheading is starting to really turn heads around the world so they do not want to be seen as so horrible..hence the change..but in their hearts and minds, nothing can, or will every change..

March 15 2013 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if beheading isn't a quicker, less painful death than firing squad or even the electric chair.

March 15 2013 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what happened to the person in Iran was captured because he changed his religion to christian from islam?

March 15 2013 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These poor people. What a monsterous existence.

March 15 2013 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

And we defended these animals?

March 15 2013 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to zabada's comment

Its their law not our; but, if you touch something that isn't yours you lost your hand, if you kicked something that wasn't yours you lost your foot and if you were really bad you lost your head... Here is this wonderful land of ours you could be on Death Row for 30 years before you find out your fate... Sorry, but you have no point in your diatribe...

March 15 2013 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On the serious side... aol; to post this story on aol jobs is in bad taste.

March 15 2013 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey! what ever happened to Chelsea Welch??? BOYCOTT APPLEBEES!!!

March 15 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the saudis could hire someone else to do it , they farm out all there labor as it is already , they preach the koran and then go to vegas and other cities where everything goes and relive their sodom and gommorra days on money we send them for oil

March 15 2013 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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