Saudi Arabia prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir executed for murder

Oct 19, 2016, 13:40 IST | A correspondent

In a rare case, Saudi Arabia executed a member of the royal family for shooting dead a compatriot, during a brawl, the interior ministry said in a statement

Riyadh tower
Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, a member of the royal family for murder, in a rare case. For the first time in four decades, a member of the royal family was put to death.

Though no details were reported about the method of execution, most death penalties in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading with a sword.

The prince was convicted of shooting another man to death during a brawl and pleaded guilty for the crime.

According to news reports, Prince Turki killed a man in an exchange of gunfire following a dispute at a camp on the edge of Riyadh few years ago.

The sentence reflected the kingdom's 'fair justice system,' Arab News quoted the victim's uncle Abdul Rahman al-Falaj as saying.

Saudi Arabia’s ruling family estimated to number several thousand receive monthly stipends and perks and posses great wealth and power.

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