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Sudanese driver executed in Saudi Arabia

Justice Square in Riyadh
Riyadh's Justice Square where executions are carried out.

A Sudanese driver convicted of murdering his Saudi Arabian employer has been executed.

Mussa Ahmed was beheaded in Riyadh in the eighth execution in the kingdom this year.

Ahmed killed Mohammed al-Mutairy by hitting him on the head with a metal object, a statement published by the official SPA news agency said.

Following the crime, Ahmed fled to Sudan but was extradited to Saudi Arabia to stand trial, reports said.

No other details about the case were available.

Saudi Arabia executed 67 people last year, fewer than the record number of 153 in 2007.

Under the country's strict version of Sharia law, rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.



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