Three Saudi nationals have been executed in the kingdom’s Qatif region for robbing and killing five Indian nationals, the interior ministry has said.
Jassem bin Jassim bin Hassan al-Mutawa, a Saudi national was the main accused in the killing of Fadvila Selim, Shajhan Abu Bakr, Akbar Hussein Bashir, Sheikh Daoud and Lasir Amir Asafa Tam, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The accused was aided by two Saudi nationals Ammar bin Yusri bin Ali al-Dahim and Murtada bin Hashim bin Mohammed al-Musawi, the report stated.
The men “lured” the victims to a night at a farm where they drugged them by mixing pills with their drinks.
The five Indians were then “beaten, shackled and suffocated” to death and robbed of their belongings including money and mobile phones, the report alleged.
The accused then “disposed off the bodies by burying them in a hole”, it added. The Saudi men were also accused of drinking and smoking cannabis – illegal in the country.
An investigation led officials to charge the accused, and they were referred to the criminal court.
Since the actions of the defendants were “prohibited and displayed a form of barbarism and corruption”, the men were sentenced to death, the report said.
The death sentence was carried out against the three Saudi nationals on Monday in Qatif province in the Eastern Province.
The interior ministry stressed that the Saudi government aims to maintain security and achieve justice and warned people against violating the kingdom’s safety and security.