Saudi Arabia Executes And 'Crucifies' Myanmar Man For Murdering Woman

| August 9 , 2018 , 10:20 IST

Saudi Arabia is known for its prolific executions of criminals, but going a step further from simple execution, a man from Myanmar was crucified after execution as punishment for murdering a woman, the nation's state-run media said on Wednesday.

Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen from Myanmar was accused of breaking into a woman's home in the holy city of Mecca, firing a weapon and stabbing the woman to death. Jamaleddeen has also been accused of stealing weapons, trying to kill another man and trying to rape a woman.

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The ruling for the execution and crucifixion was supported by the Saudi Supreme Court and endorsed by the King and was carried out in the city of Mecca.

A crucifixion in Saudi Arabia generally involves beheading the criminal, then sewing the head back on the body and displaying the dead body in public, hanging from a cross or a pole.

While Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top executioners, having beheaded 48 people in the first 4 months of 2018 itself, crucifixions are rare and are reserved for the worst crimes in the conservative nation.

In 2010, a Yemeni man was executed and crucified for raping and killing a girl and shooting her father dead.

According to Saudi law, death penalty is applicable for many crimes including espionage, treason murder, rape and drug smuggling. The death sentences in Saudi Arabia are pronounced based on the system of judicial sentencing discretion.