Saudi Executes Three Men For Homosexuality, Rape
Reuters, July 11, 2000
DUBAI—Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed three Saudi men convicted
of homosexual acts and raping children, the Interior Ministry said.
In a statement carried by state media, the ministry said an Islamic court had found the
three man guilty of "committing the extreme obscenity of homosexuality and imitating
women," in violation of Islamic ethics which ban homosexuality.
The three men, who were put to death in Saudi Arabias southern city of Abha, were
also convicted of raping children and photographing them naked with the intention of
The executions brought to at least 67 the number of people put to death in the
conservative kingdom so far this year. Last year, Saudi Arabia executed at least 99 people
for various crimes.
In a separate statement, the Interior Ministry said a Yemeni man convicted of robbing a
house had had his right hand amputated in the city of Buraida in northern Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom applies strict Islamic sharia law, executing murderers, rapists and drug
smugglers, usually by public beheading. Robbers are punished by having limbs cut off.
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