Saudi Arabia Punishment List | Saudi Arabia Execution Method

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Saudi Arabia punishment list is presented below. As you know that Saudi Arabia is a country that implement Islamic Law for the country, there are many different punishment for any crimes if we compare to the other countries in the world. For your information, Saudi Arabia punishment for homosexuality is dead sentence, Saudi Arabia punishment for stealing is hand cutting and Saudi Arabia punishment for adultery is dead sentence (beheaded). Those three kind of crimes are the most famous topics in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia execution method is quite unique. Because the government lets people to watch Saudi punishment in public cutting head. This is quite controversial, but this execution method is quite effective to lower the crimes rate in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Punishment List

saudi arabia punishment list

We will not present you the Saudi Arabia punishment for crimes videos or Saudi punishment photos in this article, because it is really disturbing and it is not allowed to take any pictures or video for the execution. I heard about 8 Bangladeshi death penalty in Saudi Arabia video which is quite popular, but I recommend not to search for it or watch it. The making of that video itself is forbidden by the government of Saudi Arabia.

At least you can read the Saudi Arabia Punishment List below. Saudi law allows the death penalty for many crimes. For example:

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  • Adultery (Unmarried adulterers can be sentenced to 100 lashes, married ones can be sentenced to stoning.)
  • Aircraft hijacking
  • Apostasy (Apostates are sentenced to beheading but are usually given three days to repent and return to Islam.)
  • Armed robbery
  • Atheism
  • Blasphemy
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Drug smuggling
  • Fornication
  • Home invasion
  • Human Trafficking
  • Idolatry
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Sedition and Political crimes
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Sodomy, homosexuality, or lesbianism (If a man or woman is sodomized by their own consent, then they will also be sentenced to death along with the sodomizer)
  • Sorcery
  • Terrorism
  • Theft (fourth conviction)
  • Treason
  • Waging war on God
  • Witchcraft

Saudi Arabia Execution Method

Saudi Arabia execution method is described by Muhammad Saad al-Beshi, whom the BBC described as “Saudi Arabia’s leading executioner”, gave a rare interview to Arab News. He described his first execution in 1998: “The criminal was tied and blindfolded. With one stroke of the sword I severed his head. It rolled metres away…People are amazed how fast [the sword] can separate the head from the body.” He also said that before an execution he visits the victim’s family to seek forgiveness for the criminal, which can lead to the criminal’s life being spared. Once an execution goes ahead, his only conversation with the prisoner is to tell him or her to recite the Muslim declaration of belief, the Shahada. “When they get to the execution square, their strength drains away. Then I read the execution order, and at a signal I cut the prisoner’s head off,” he said. As of 2003, executions have not been announced in advance. They can take place any day of the week, and they often generate large crowds. Photography and video of the executions is also forbidden, although there have been numerous cases of photographed and videoed executions in the spite of the law against them.

The Saudi judiciary can impose the death penalty according to three categories of criminal offence in Sharia law:

  1. Hudud: Fixed Quranic punishments for specific crimes. Hudud crimes which can result in the death penalty include apostasy, adultery, and sodomy.
  2. Qisas: Eye-for-an-eye retaliatory punishments. Qisas crimes include murder. Families of someone murdered can choose between demanding the death penalty or granting clemency in return for a payment of diyya, or blood money, by the perpetrator. A trend has developed of exorbitant blood-money demands: a recent report mentions a sum of $11 million demanded in exchange for clemency.
  3. Tazir: A general category, including crimes defined by national regulations, some of which can be punished by death, such as drug trafficking.

A conviction requires proof in one of three ways:

  1. An uncoerced confession.
  2. The testimony of two male witnesses can result in conviction. This excludes “hudud crimes”, in which case a confession is also required.
  3. An affirmation or denial by oath can be required.

Giving an oath is taken particularly seriously in a religious society such as Saudi Arabia’s, and a refusal to take an oath will be taken as an admission of guilt resulting in conviction.

We hope that this Saudi Arabia punishment list gives you idea how law is implemented in Saudi Arabia. It is quite different from other countries in the world, but it is considered as the most effective law. If you are interested in related articles, please subscribe.

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