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Saudi Executes Three Yemenis for Homosexuality

Reuters, July 14, 2000

DUBAI — Saudi Arabia on Friday executed three Yemeni men found guilty of engaging in homosexual acts and molesting young boys, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

It quoted an Interior Ministry statement as saying that a court had found the three men guilty of "committing the extreme obscenity of homosexuality and imitating women,’’ in violation of Islamic rules which ban homosexuality.

The three men, who were put to death in the southwestern city of Jizan, had also been convicted of molesting boys.

Other ministry statements later said authorities also severed the right hands of a Nigerian man, a convicted pickpocket, and two Saudi robbers.

The Nigerian had been caught stealing from worshippers at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, while the two Saudi men had been convicted of break-ins at homes and shops.

The executions raised to at least 70 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.

The kingdom applies strict Islamic sharia laws, also executing murderers, rapists and drug smugglers, usually by public beheading. The laws call for the amputation of the right hand for theft.

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