Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saudi Arabia beheads woman on the street in Mecca
The authorities in Saudi Arabia on Friday publicly beheaded a woman in Islam’s holy city of Mecca. Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was executed by sword on Monday after being dragged through the street.
She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter. The video shows how the woman screamed “I did not kill. I did not kill,'' but was kept down by police officers. In another video it was seen that it took three blows to complete the execution, but that one was removed by YouTube.
Mohammed al-Saeedi, a human rights activist, told the Middle East Eye that there are two ways to execute people in Saudi Arabia. “One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller. This woman was beheaded without painkillers – they wanted to make the pain more powerful for her.”
Saudi Arabia executed 87 people in 2014 according to a count by the press agency AFP. In 2013 the number was 79.
Meanwhile, Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was sentenced in May to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison after creating a liberal, secular website, Liberal Saudi Network, did not receive jhis second set of lashes this past Friday. His wife told that the lashings were postponed for medical reasons, as the wounds from the former 50 lahes had not yet been healed.