Saudi Executes Gay Lovers for Killing Pakistani
March 13, 2005
RIYADH—Saudi Arabia executed two
men on Sunday who beat to death a Pakistani to stop him exposing their
“shameful” homosexual relationship, the Interior Ministry said. It said
Ahmed al-Enezi and Shahir al-Roubli, both Saudis, ran over Malik Khan in their
car, beat him on the head with stones and set fire to his corpse “fearing
they would be exposed after the victim witnessed them in a shameful
Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Saudi Arabia, a
deeply conservative Muslim kingdom which implements a strict version of Sharia
Islamic law. Convicted murderers, rapists and drug traffickers are usually
executed in public.
The ministry said the two men were executed in the
northern town of Arar, close to the border with Iraq.
Saudi Arabia has put to death at least 21 people so far
this year. At least 35 people were executed last year and 53 in 2003.
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