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Saudi national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

Saudi national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha

A Saudi national was executed in the kingdom for shooting and killing a man in the region of Asir, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced on Monday.

Gibran bin Salem bin Joueid al-Qahtani shot and killed Omar bin Mohammed bin Muraya al-Qahtani due to a dispute between them, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Security authorities arrested the offender and following an investigation, he was charged with the crime referred him to the criminal court.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death and the ruling was upheld by the appeals court and the Supreme Court.

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha in the Asir region.

The interior ministry asserted the keenness of the government “to maintain security and achieve justice” and punish violators of such heinous crimes.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for several offences including murder, drug-related crimes and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, the kingdom executed 146 people in 2017.

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